Friday, November 03, 2006

The Border--online

The Minuteman Project has to be happy about this.

The state of Texas has put a live webcam of the U.S. border on the internet so that ordinary citizens can "monitor" it and then call in any suspicious activity, according to today's Washington Post. The cameras focus in on border "hot spots" that are known sites of illegal activity. You can go to the site right now at Texas Border Watch.

This is one in a series of projects that I affectionately refer to as the "rat hole" that the federal government employs to waste tax dollars in order to give Americans the impression that they are doing something about immigration when, in fact, they are doing anything they can to avoid ending the two-tier labor system that has been in place in the U.S. for over forty years. Businesses like an inexpensive, pliable workforce that has limited rights and can be disposed of at will. Common citizens like cheap groceries, landscaping and housekeepers. The problem is, as a nation we just don't want to have to see the immigrants who perform these services outside of the workplace, and we certainly do not want them to live among us. Isn't nativism grand?

Happy surveillance!

2 comments:

jascha said...

ha, that's hilarious.
here's my idea on the border issue:

http://modernopinion.com/us/indyop/2006/10/bush-signs-fence-billlets-get-real.asp

Deb said...

Jascha, I appreciate your sense of humor here, but we're already annexed half of Mexico (in 1848).