The Arizona Daily Wildcat profiles students who are monitoring the activities of Minutemen patroling the U.S. border. The Minutemen are self-appointed citizen-cops who are attempting to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the Arizona-Mexico border. The article notes that the interests of the Minutemen are not just illegal immigration, but also preventing drug traffickers and terrorists from pouring across U.S. lines.
This broad mandate, given by the Minutemen to themselves, presents problems. A law student articulates the danger of looking specifically for those who may resemble Mexicans:
It's going to encourage a lot of negative implications for brown-looking people, if you want to call it that, racial profiling, it's going to be OK to make a citizen's arrest if the person is undocumented.... I think it's going to threaten the freedom of Latin Americans in this country.
As a result, these students and groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union are observing the conduct of the Minutemen.
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