In this long piece in the Weekly Standard, Matt Labash tells the story of the Minutemen. It's a must-read if you want to understand the depth of feeling among ordinary Americans about our porous southern border. It's also elightening about the scope and nature of the problem.
Sadly, I have serious doubts as to whether President Bush is really committed to taking the border issue seriously. I frankly do not understand this. If the White House is concerned about alienating the Hispanic vote, I think they need to see that illegal immigration can be addressed in a way that supports the rule of law fully and does not come across as inhumane. If he handled the issue right, I think he'd actually gain support among Hispanics without losing it from his base (except for the most extreme "deport every illegal immigrant immediately" crowd).