March 28, 2005
President Bush is not wrong about many things, but I think he is wrong about immigration.
Last week, the president met with Mexico President Vincente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin.
The president said he opposes a civilian project to monitor illegal aliens who cross our border.
He called them vigilantes.
They are nothing of the kind.
They are volunteers who care more for the safety and security of our borders than the federal government.
They are tired of millions of illegals coming here, getting healthcare we have to pay for and possibly allowing terrorists to slip in among them.
What could be wrong with civilians alerting authorities when they find illegals slipping over the border?
Congress should authorize as many border agents as it takes to stem the tide, but in the meantime, peaceful citizens working to uphold the law is part of a long tradition in this country.
Their forebears were called minutemen and that's the name of their project.
Mexico's president wants an open border.
I think it should be controlled more.
I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.