Border Patrol Worried About 'OTMs' Illegally Crossing The Border

Tara Dodrill

The United States Border Patrol is reportedly worried about "OTMs" crossing the border illegally into Mexico. The OTMs acronym stands for "Other than Mexican." The more than 60,000 illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande River into the United States already this year has garnered national headlines for weeks, and propelled Texas Governor Rick Perry into a leadership position which may put him at the front of the line for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

Approximately one-third of the illegal aliens crossing into Texas are women and children – but some of the children are late teen minors who have admitted to being a member of the deadly MS-13 gang. If the massive influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American did not pose enough of an obstacle for overwhelmed Border Patrol agents, many are also worried about those sneaking into the United States from the Middle East.

Ranchers along the Mexican border who routinely deal with potentially dangerous trespassers and property destruction, have reported finding the Koran, prayer rugs, and a Urdu to English dictionary on their land. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan and is also spoken in portions of India and Afghanistan. Texas rancher Mike Vickers found the Urdu dictionary along the fence line of his 1,000-acre ranch. Vickers figures the illegal crossers dropped the Urdu dictionary after being shocked the electric fence designed to keep livestock safely inside. The rancher lives about 70 miles north of the Rio Grande River and about five miles from the Falfurrias Border Patrol station.

The area is the first highway checkpoint for cars from into the United States from Mexico as well as a region heavy will illegal immigrant and drug trafficking. According to Mike Vickers, about 30 people trespass onto his property daily to avoid detection by Border Patrol agents.

The unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants along the border has reportedly slowed just a bit, "down" to about 600 surrenders each day. Border Patrol agents are even more worried about the illegal aliens that attempt to avoid them than the ones which seek them out after crossing. As Governor Rick Perry, and many who support securing the border have noted, the barely patrolled 2,000 mile stretch of border is a national security issue. If children and teens can survive the crossing, terrorists and well-trained adult males from enemy states can as well.

An unnamed Border Patrol agent, who was not authorized to speak with the media, had this to say during an interview with The Blaze:

"We have limited resources. It's frustrating for all of us and there's no doubt we have OTMs coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, and other parts of the world that we are very concerned with – these guys won't be turning themselves into Border Patrol like the family units or children. I expect we'll see more OTMs of special interest this year and next, now that they know they can get in easier and they won't be turned back home. We've found Korans, prayer rugs and many other unusual items at the border that certainly raise concern."

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