Best Of 2006

Best Local (and Laughable) Anti-Immigrant Group: The Tampa Bay Minutemen

Some people call them vigilantes; others call them heroes. We call them confused. The Tampa Bay Minutemen, a local off-shoot of the national organization’s posse of border patrol wannabes, seems a little out of place in sunny Florida. For one, our borders don’t touch a foreign country (unless you count Alabama). And two, we already have our fair share of vigilantes. Perhaps this point is not lost on the group’s members themselves; for the moment, the 45 members of the Tampa Minutemen are content meeting at Tampa’s Durango steakhouse and discussing U.S. immigration policy over lunch. Let’s hope it stays that way.