And as Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald reported on our group website, The Immigration Blog (www.michellemalkin.com/immigration): "Maxine Waters, who represents South Los Angeles, erupted in a tirade against Hispanic and black gang members last week" on illegal alien gangs. Railed Rep. Waters:
"Why isn't anyone talking about the Mexican Mafia (a gang of illegal Mexicans that controls the California prison system)?" she thundered. "I don't care if you're pink or purple or white or black or brown, I want you out if you're committing crimes." There is no excuse not to control the border, she said. "I'm a liberal with a capital 'L'," she said, "but I'm sick of it."
This week in D.C., following on the heels of the successful Minuteman Project, hundreds of citizen lobbyists descended on Capitol Hill to send the same message. They are being led by some of the nation's most influential conservative radio talk shows in every major market -- including organizer Roger Hedgecock from San Diego, Melanie Morgan from San Francisco, "The John and Ken Show" based in Los Angeles, Lars Larson in Portland, and Michael Smerconish in Philadelphia. On their agenda: fixing the nation's broken deportation and detention system; ending sanctuary policies that give illegal aliens safe haven; strengthening interior enforcement; and shutting off illegal alien magnets including health, education and Social Security benefits.
One participant reported that the staff of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., refused to admit her to his office. But the reception from Beltway Republicans hasn't been much warmer. And the White House still won't meet with pro-immigration enforcement leaders such as Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., and the House Immigration Reform Caucus.
As long as the elites in both parties continue to act like scared monkeys, Americans will be forced to take homeland security into their own hands. We are all Minutemen now.