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At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about the president’s views on the Minuteman Project in Arizona.
WND: Scott, in an interview with the Washington Times yesterday, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, when asked about the president’s description of border Minutemen as vigilantes, DeLay said, “I’m not sure the president meant that. I think they’re providing an excellent service.”
And my first question, does the president still regard them as vigilantes because they’ve hanged anybody or what?
McCLELLAN: Well, when you say “regard them,” let’s define who we’re talking about. If we’re talking about a loosely affiliated group of individuals who are armed and trying to take things into their own hands, we have serious concerns about that.
If you’re talking about individuals who are simply reporting suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities, that’s another matter. But there are authorities who are responsible for enforcing our borders. And they’re the ones who are charged with keeping people out of – keeping people from crossing the border illegally. We’ve done a lot to beef up our Border Patrol and to put better technology along the borders to prevent people from entering this country illegally.
But it goes back to what we’ve talked about before, Les. The broader issue here is we need to have immigration reform. The president has put forward a proposal with some very clear principles to build a more humane and orderly migration system. And it’s a proposal that will allow us to then focus, make sure that the resources of the Border Patrol and others who protect our borders are focused on those who are coming here for the wrong reasons, those who are terrorists, or those who are coming here to be involved in criminal activity.
WND: Congressman DeLay also noted that Washington state Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott “has been found guilty by a court of law.” And my question, does the president believe that House Majority Leader DeLay’s record is anywhere nearly as questionable as Baghdad Jim’s?
McCLELLAN: I think the president has made his views known about Congressman DeLay.