The cililian enforcement of federal law as given by the minuteman fiaco raises some interesting questions.
It is well that the minuteman did not allow on detainment.
It is very well indeed, It is unclear as to where you take your prisoner. And who to take prisoner indeed.
What my point is why just enforce immigration law?
Why not federal criminal law? Perhaps election law would be worth consideration. Shoud you arrest a candidate that you feel did not win an election squarely?
WHY NOT ENFORCE THE VOTE COUNT? WHY QUIT THERE? HOW ABOUT TAKING OTHER POSITIONS TO TASK!
Yes this is an opening that I think that the minuteman and right wing bigots ought to take great care in allowing vigilante enforcement.
PERHAP CITIZENS SHOULD ENFORCE LAWS THAT COMPANIES OR POLITICIANS SEEM TO HAVE BROKEN. FOR EXAMPLE GOVERNERS SETTLING FAKE ELECTRICAL POWER CHARGES ON THE CHEAP, OR ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTIBUTIONS FOR TRIPS TO IRELAND. WHY DO OREGONIANS UTILITIY COMMISIONERS ALLOW US TO DIAL 503 OR 971 WHILE CITIZENS OF OTHER STATES DO NOT...
This is the can of worms that vigilantism opens. This is why we need to follow the rule of law. Selective civilian enforcement of our laws of favor is nuts. Nuts like minutemen.