Sunday, February 26, 2006
More than 40 state governors convened this weekend for the National Conference of Governors, and immigration was a top priority for many. The AP story on this issue -- as picked up by the Post -- is here.
The AP story, as picked up by the Post and several other news organizations, contains the following odd paragraph: "The pressure has been rising in recent months. In Texas, there was an armed standoff last month between state authorities and apparent drug smugglers wearing Mexican military-style uniforms." The stand-off in question was an isolated incident, apparently involving drug smuggling, which took place along the El Paso-Juarez border. In my mind, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the issues addressed by the governors as captured in the article. The paragraph appears in a story that is otherwise concerned with the economic and social pressures generated by the arrival of immigrants into various localities.
The only work that the unexplained reference does in this story is to interject images of violence and mayhem into the general topic of immigration.