The U.S.-Mexico border has been in the spotlight all throughout the 2016 election cycle thanks largely to Donald Trump.
Love the controversial GOP nominee or hate him, but talk of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and staving off illegal immigration wouldn’t be a major issue if he hadn’t made it one when he announced that “Mexico isn’t sending us their best” shortly after announcing his candidacy.
While Trump has had a bumpy week to say the least — he retaliated against a deceased war hero’s family when they criticized him at the Democratic National Convention and is now down 15 points in some national polls — his illegal immigration “build a wall” position is the one thing that continues to resonate with a number of voters.
Part of why illegal immigration continues to be his most popular talking point is the fact that some people in high places — people who would actually know — agree that the U.S.-Mexico border security isn’t getting the job done.
One such person is Robert Mazur, subject of the new Bryan Cranston film The Infiltrator. Mazur appeared on an episode of the Adam Carolla Podcast this week to discuss the U.S.-Mexico border among other things. Around the 31-minute mark, Carolla asked him outright whether terrorists were making it across the border.
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Mazur predicated his response by saying that the border definitely needed to be reinforced, but he forewarned that “the people at the highest levels who are involved in these organizations own global companies, operate with 747 aircrafts.”
“Their resources are unimaginable in comparison to the resources that we have to fight them. That’s not to say we should be giving up. There are certain efforts within the U.S. and foreign law enforcement — actually one I’m very well aware of by the special operations division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) — and it works globally with drug law enforcement, intelligence communities, military resources — works against some of the biggest cases that are out there.”
Carolla specifically asked if some of the “terrorist” groups mingling with the drug cartels on the U.S.-Mexico border were Middle East affiliated, to which Mazur answered there was “absolutely no doubt.”
He referred Carolla and listeners to read the Rachel St. John book Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border, which makes mention of specific cases of human trafficking, arms trafficking, and drug trafficking that’s going across the border, “and much of it related to groups that are involved in terrorist activity. That’s my biggest concern,” Mazur said.
Perhaps being unable to resist getting a trained DEA veteran like Mazur’s take on something as timely as the 2016 Presidential election, Carolla asked his guest to close by sharing who he thought the cartels and terrorists would rather see win in November from a border perspective.
Mazur sounded about as exasperated as most of the electorate in his response. “Of what we’ve got available for us to vote on, I really don’t know. I couldn’t venture a guess.”
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While Mazur would not make an endorsement, GOP nominee Donald Trump has been endorsed by the Union for Border Patrol Agents. The L.A. Times recently ran a piece on the fallout from that endorsement, but to date, the Union has not backed down in its support.
But what do you think, readers?
Is the U.S.-Mexico border a risk to all Americans, and if so, who would you rather see elected in November to deal with it? Sound off in the comments section below.