President Trump traveled Thursday to the U.S. southern border in our own Lone State of Texas. He received there what I’ve called incredible insights from a veteran border patrol agent chief that could have been easily overlooked and wasn’t reported by most of mainstream media. That is why I’m bringing them to the American people.
President Trump was briefed about border security from Rio Grande Valley Sector Texas Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz. He’s the top official that oversees border security for 277 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border and about 315 miles up the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico.
Ortiz explained that there is most definitely a “humanitarian crisis” at the border. There is nothing “manufactured” about it as so many pundits and mainstream media outlets are reporting. And who better to tell us the truth about the border crisis than a veteran 30-year chief border agent who oversees one of the most critical parts of the border?
Ortiz explained on Thursday: “So, in 2014 we apprehended 256,000 people. We are on pace to apprehend over 200,000 people. Just yesterday I apprehended 133 people from different countries other than Central America and Mexico … from Pakistan, India, Romania, China, on and on and on.”
Yes, you read that right: 133 migrants from different countries other than Central America and Mexico: people from India, Romania, China, Pakistan and other countries were apprehended in a single day before crossing illegally into the U.S. And that’s what happened on just a single sector – a 277-mile stretch of our 2000-mile southern border.
(On the next day, Fox correspondent Sarah Carter was sitting at a wildlife reservation on the border with a property owner and off-duty law enforcement official when two illegal aliens from Bangladesh surrendered to them.)
Chief Ortiz clarified that he was indeed talking about one day: “Just in this sector alone 450 people were apprehended total. We continue to see increases. We are averaging about 620 a day in this sector [alone].” (And keep in mind Ortiz explained that at many border areas it takes only “15 [or] 20 seconds” to get into our country.)
Are we really not concerned that there’s even one bad apple in Ortiz’s 620-a-day barrel of illegals? We already know there are. Consider this statement from John Jones, Chief of the Intelligence Counter-terrorism Division with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety: “In the last 7 years (in Texas), over 4,000 illegal aliens have been incarcerated for sexual assault. 62 percent of them are sexual assault against children.”
Shouldn’t U.S. children matter so much to all of us that we do everything within our power to protect them from domestic and alien predators, including the willingness to build a barrier wall at the border?
Chief Ortiz added that what most people don’t realize is that cartels are also “making tons of money” off of everyone who crosses into the U.S. illegally: “1.7 million dollars a week are made into the cartel’s pockets from the unaccompanied children and family units that are crossing in this area alone.”
According to NPR, migrants not only become unwilling mules to smuggle drugs for cartels but they’re also robbed, kidnapped and their families are extorted. According to the Daily Beast, cartels have so much power over immigrant routes into the U.S. that they daily rape, murder and ransom children for human trafficking, prostitution rings, and “may even be harvesting their organs for the U.S. black market.”
So, if protecting U.S. families isn’t enough incentive to bolster border security, what about protecting migrant children and families too by building a barrier and reducing the cartel’s power and extortive criminalities against those on the other side of the border?
I’ll say it again, because I live in the border state of Texas and only a few hours away from the area president Trump visited: It has made this issue even more personal to me. I also have many black belts that live in Mexico that are hindered by this crisis to even be able to visit the U.S. legally in order to attend our annual United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) Convention in Las Vegas.
Moreover, though many will tell you it’s never going to happen, could there not be a single terrorist among those coming from all different countries around the globe who are attempting to infiltrate the U.S.? Are we willing to risk their illegal entrance by not erecting any type of border barrier to help reduce that future possibility?
As mainstream media is spinning it, I realize what a 2017 State Dept. report stated: there is “no credible evidence terrorist groups sent operatives via Mexico into the United States.” But that’s referring to the past. What about the future?
What they are not telling you is what the rest of that report says: “The U.S. southern border remains vulnerable to potential terrorist transit, although terrorist groups likely seek other means of trying to enter the United States.”
Does the first part of that sentence not concern anyone: “The U.S. southern border remains vulnerable to potential terrorist transit.” Are we now going to take terrorists at their word that they prefer other routes into the U.S? When a single terrorist finally catches on that it’s much easier to cross the southern border than board a plane into our country, do we not think one or a group of them will try? Isn’t believing “it won’t happen to us” returning to a pre-9/11 naïveté and breaking a promise that “we will never forget”?
In 2012, after Osama Bin Laden was killed, the Los Angeles Times reported that his private papers revealed he apparently sought an operative with a valid Mexican passport, according to U.S. Intelligent analysts. So, what’s to stop a future recruitment of a terrorist operative from the same or one of the other 133 countries of those crossing illegally into Ortiz’s sector of the U.S.? Does that really sound so farfetched? Wouldn’t a wall or barrier help to deter or prevent it?
It only takes one terrorist to bring unspeakable mayhem (again) on the inside of our country. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was absolutely right: “You put locks on your door not because you’ve been broken into 100 times but because you’re trying to prevent that one time.”
An anonymous inside government source who has a very long history dealing with the most confidential of issues at our borders revealed to me: “The self-described national security experts in the media claiming that there is no terrorism threat on our southern border are either terribly misinformed or are being deliberately misleading. I believe many of these media folks are purposely hiding behind semantics and cloudy definitions of words like ‘terrorist,’ ‘threat,’ and ‘attack’ to bolster the argument against additional border security. Our international border with Mexico not only remains vulnerable to potential terrorist transit, it has in fact been illegally transited by individuals and groups who ‘pose a national security risk to the United States or its interests,’ which is how Department of Homeland Security defines ‘special interest aliens.'” (For more proof that potential terrorists entering our southern border has been whitewashed and covered up, please read the National Review’s report this week: “Yes, We’ve Nabbed Terrorists on the Southern Border.”)
Of course, criminal aliens and terrorists are not the only two reasons for finishing the wall or barrier on the U.S. southern border. Please see my two-part articles: “Seven Clear and Present Dangers at the U.S. Borders and Ports: Part 1 and Part 2.” The reasons include but are not excluded to: identity theft, drug and gun trafficking, human smuggling and trafficking, and many other gang and criminal alien mayhem, including preying upon U.S. children.
So, is it enough to increase border security and even electronic surveillance without some form of border barrier or wall?
Chief Ortiz explained that his border patrol agents already use boats, drones and other air security as well as biometric and facial recognition technology to identify criminal illegal aliens such as members of the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs. But it’s not enough.
Ortiz said that all those security methods without a wall or barrier are limited because: “The Rio Grande Valley sector has about 55,000 acres of refuge property on the immediate border area in addition to agriculture, like thick sugar cane and orchard fields, and houses that are right up against the river.”
Sean Hannity asked Ortiz if he thought a border wall on his sector could have the same positive results as the wall in Yuma (Arizona) sector that was extended from 5 miles to 64 miles of border wall, decreasing illegal crossings by 90 percent? (Yuma’s wall extension was provided by the bipartisan Secure Fence Act of 2006 – supported by then-Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Bidenand others.)
Ortiz passionately answered, “Most definitely. We have about 55 miles of fencing already in this sector, and it’s on our east side. It accounts for about 6 percent of my traffic. On my west side where I have very little fencing and very little technology it accounts for 94 percent of my traffic. And so we need to finish the job. I have got 35 gates that are wide open. We have started construction on those gates.”
That is why it is Ortiz’s professional and humane response when he says, “We need to finish the job” of building some type of border barrier or wall. (To see how the wall could be built for FREE without a single dime from taxpayers, please read my article that went viral last week: “An American Solution: the Incredible Solution to Fund the Border Wall.”
How can Democratic heads like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer perpetuate the lie that President Trump is “manufacturing” the border crisis? This is not a right or left issue, or a Democrat or Republican issue. This is a multi-country and international safety and security issue – a humanitarian crisis and a national emergency!
Do we really want to leave the legacy of porous and unsafe borders that perpetuate a plethora of criminalities (in and outside the U.S.) to our kids or grandkids?
Until Washington politicians fix it, they all should be haunted by the words of President Ronald Reagan: “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”
Please, please take a moment right now to share this article on all your social media and then contact your U.S. Representatives, U.S. Senators, and email or call president Trump to entreat them all to build a barrier wall at the U.S. southern border and pass Sen. Cruz’s EL CHAPO Act ASAP to fund it.