This post by David Neiwert spells out how we have the immigration and border security debate completely assed-backwards. On the very same week that an extremist islamic cell is broken up in Canada we use our National Guard to patrol the Mexican border.
In other words, there are many more multiple opportunities for Islamist terrorists to enter the United States from Canada than there are from Mexico. Crossing the Canadian border in untracked areas, unlike the Mexican border, is neither terribly hazardous nor even particularly daunting.
However, most terrorism experts will tell you that terrorists prefer to travel incognito with fake papers and are most likely to try crossing through a regular port of entry with those papers. Remote border crossings are a real risk for such operatives because they become more exposed out in the open, rather than simply mingling in with the thousands who cross borders legally every day.
I know groups like the Minutemen see themselves as patriotic modern day Paul Reveres ("The brownies are comin', the brownies are comin'!") but they look to my eyes like nothing more than Klan members on a casual Friday.
But what about our leadership in Washington? When the country is run by cowardly hillbillys, incompetent cowardly hillbillys at that, I don't think we can expect any better, unfortunately.
(what is the plural of "hillbilly" anyway?)