An elderly woman's appointment to a local parks board doesn't normally generate controversy. But in Kansas City, Mo., Frances Semler's new position on the city's Parks and Recreation board has unexpectedly fanned the flames of the debate over illegal immigration.
The 73-year-old Mrs. Semler is an activist in the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a controversial volunteer civilian patrol formed two years ago to secure U.S. borders and crack down on illegal immigrants.
The article goes on to discuss the ins and outs of immigration in the Kansas City area. It's a really interesting read.
Kansas City has been home to a Mexican-American community for generations, but their population doubled between 1990 and 2005, and immigration opponents believe many of those newer arrivals are here illegally.