This story in todays NYT by Nina Bernstein (one of the best immigration writers in the country) illustrates nicely the frontier theater and wasted money that are the immigration raids. In the piece Bernstein says
“Scores of federal immigration agents from around the country, some wearing cowboy hats and brandishing shotguns and automatic weapons, endangered residents and local police officers last week as they raided homes in Nassau County in a poorly planned antigang operation, county officials charged yesterday”
In a manner resembling those aging paramilitary media darlings, the Minutemen, ICE agents are also trying to revive an increasingly flaccid (think Iraq and changing demographics) “American manhood” by using immigrants as a the semi-sexualized object requiring their 21rst century brand of justice. Fortunately for the future of this country, some of us will remember these raids, not the Alamo.