A video clip has recently surfaced on YouTube that reportedly features a member of the Mountain Minutemen training a gunsight on Mexicans standing near the US-Mexico border. During the clip, there are clear sounds of a shotgun shell being chambered and the discharge of the same weapon.
While watching the group of Mexicans in his sight, the unnamed vigilante mutters menacing words for the video's soundtrack:
“All right, come on across, motherfuckers. Yeah, go that way. I dare you to go that way. That’s my fucking trail, bitch!”
A virtual hat tip to Dave Neiwert at Orcinus for this disturbing video (warning - graphic language is present throughout):
While the producers of this film - which may or may not be a staged event - should not be classified as "typical" of the anti-immigration movement, the film does demonstrate the level of extreme nativism and racism creeping into the debates over illegal immigration.
In broken Spanish, the narrator warns away the Mexicans, who remain well beyond both shotgun range and the U.S. border:
"No entrada, puto...Estados Unidos es cerrado!" ("No entering, f**got. The United States is closed!")
Returning to his base camp, the anonymous narrator clearly enjoys his night of vigilante videography.
"And that's how you get rid of Mexicans," the knuckle-dragging redneck laughs to himself.
And yet many Americans simply shrug off the antics of mentally unstable buffoons like the narrator of this video, preferring to hold fast to the notion that anti-illegal immigration activist groups are really akin to neighborhood watches. My true fear, of course, is that these border vigilantes are a phenomenon similar to the rise of fascist political gangs like the SA that contributed to the fall of Weimar Germany.
But, hey - what do I know? I spend all of my time in historical texts, so it is no surprise that I see these parallels, right? Now go back to your blissful Sunday afternoon and watch a pleasant movie, and forget about all of this crazy talk, folks.