Wonder if They Asked the Minutemen About This Idea

Charitable groups are upset about a provision in the House immigration proposal that would make it a crime to provide assistance to illegal immigrants.

The measure would broaden the nation’s immigrant-smuggling law so that people who assist or shield illegal immigrants would be subject to prosecution. Offenders, who might include priests, nurses or social workers, could face up to five years in prison. The proposal would also allow the authorities to seize some assets of those convicted of such a crime.

Bill on Illegal-Immigrant Aid Draws Fire – New York Times

I wonder if the Congressmen consulted the Minutemen who:

are allowed to provide emergency aid to illegal immigrants if necessary, and our team investigated one incident of an illegal immigrant who fell behind his group, and was actually provided emergency food and water by Minutemen while Border Patrol agents were in transit. An illegal immigrant who claimed on Wednesday (6 APR) to have been detained by the Minutemen is likewise reported to have received food, water, and money from sympathetic volunteers

Figures that the private citizens would have more sense than the Congress about the concept of private people providing aid to those in need.

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