Our southern border is so unprotected that even someone dressed up like Osama bin Laden could apparently cross into the U.S. from Mexico without being stopped.
That was the conclusion of muckraking filmmaker James O'Keefe and the latest contribution from his Project Veritas crew, this time focusing on the lack of security in unguarded sectors of the southern border.
Although O'Keefe has his share of detractors for his particular brand of journalism, the Project Veritas team has exposed -- primarily through undercover videos -- possible election law violations by the Wendy Davis for governor campaign, the corrupt ACORN organization, other instances of voter fraud, apparent chicanery in the Obamacare navigator program, and revealed that some outspoken anti-gun journalists declined to post gun-free zone signs outside their own homes. His group also exposed potential abuses in the so-called Obamaphone program.
In the latest video, O'Keefe crosses the Rio Grand River in regular street clothes and in an over-the-top Osama bin Laden mask and costume, with no border patrol officers or other law enforcement officials in sight. This occurred in Hudspeth County, West Texas, a few miles from an interstate highway. Responding to repeated claims by federal government officials that the border is secure, the local sheriff standing next to an unfinished border fence told O'Keefe that "if you think four strands of barbed wire is securing the border, then I guess it's secure."
According to O'Keefe, "If the President or Senator Reid or anyone else tries to tell you that our borders are secure, they are lying to you. Border security is national security. We were able to pick a well-traveled crossing, easily accessible from both sides, and cross unobserved by federal agents. Just six miles from our crossing is Interstate 10, and from there, the rest of the country. Do you feel safe?"
Given the humanitarian and law enforcement crisis at the southern border involving young children (and not-so-young children and others), overwhelmed border patrol agents have been functioning as daycare operators, leaving large areas in the southwest undefended. Added the sheriff, the "easiest, simplest way [to secure the border] is to put the border patrol back on the damn border."
Even if you disagree with O'Keefe's premise, it turns out that it's not just impoverished illegal immigrants from Central America that are flooding into the U.S. in this surge.As The Inquisitr previously reported, illegal immigrants are apparently crossing the Texas border into the United States from 75 different countries, some known for terrorist ties and others locations where Ebola is present. On the subject of our vulnerable southern border, The Daily Caller added that "Islamic extremists are able to gain entry to the United States from Mexico, where drug cartels are linked to numerous terrorist organizations including Hezbollah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the strongest al-Qaida-like organization in the heart of the Middle East."
In June, O'Keefe and his team controversially pranked some Hollywood environmentalists such as Ed Begley Jr., Mariel Hemingway, and Susan Sarandon who may or may not have been willing to participate in an anti-fracking movie financed by a pretend Middle Eastern investor whose stated purpose was to keep America dependent on foreign oil. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, O'Keefe's targets claim they didn't fall for the ruse.Irrespective of your opinion, if any, about the work or tactics of James O'Keefe, does it appear that the Obama administration is unwilling to secure the border even given that it is a national security issue?
Added: Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera claims that morale in his agency is at an all-time low because agents aren't allowed to do their job. Alien minors that should be detained or deported are also being released into the U.S. under a loophole in current federal law. "Even if he is a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal, even by self-admission, we for some reason don't send them back to their home country -- we release them into our country," Cabrera disclosed.