Man bites dog ...

This is an interesting story:
A taxpayer-funded immigrant advocacy group says it will picket and keep a close watch on the homes and businesses of members of a local illegal-entry watchdog group that monitors day-laborer sites in Maryland.
"People should not expect in a modern society to engage in a campaign of intimidation without having a response," says Kim Propeack, a spokeswoman for CASA of Maryland, which runs taxpayer-funded day-laborer centers in Takoma Park, Silver Spring and Wheaton.
"So if [the Maryland Minuteman Civil Defense Corps] want to come to CASA de Maryland, it's perfectly legitimate of us to go to the Minutemen's homes and also protest." [...]
CASA of Maryland, the state's largest immigrant advocacy group, receives about 51 percent of its $3.6 million annual budget from public sources, such as county governments.
The Maryland Minutemen's nearly 100 members began photographing and videotaping employers hiring workers at day-laborer sites two weeks ago. They plan to report those who hire illegal aliens to state and federal authorities for tax and business licensing violations.
I don’t have much to say about this, except for the fact that it seems like the Minutemen aren’t so keen for a taste of their own medicine. Obviously, the "tax-payer" funded part is what will inflame many -- this piece is from the Washington Times after all.

My problem with these guys, aside from the fact that they're wrong -- theirs is a noble war fought on a false pretense -- is that they personalize the issue. Don't want foreigners in your town? Elect a nativist like Tom Tancredo and use the political process to deal with it. But don't take out your issues with public policies by harrassing the individuals trying to make a better life for themselves. If you feel strongly that the system is wrong, address the system and not the poor bastards who are taking advantage of it.

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