McALLEN — Another reminder of why we need a secure border emerged this week, as U.S. Border Patrol officials confirmed three Afghan nationals were detained in the Rio Grande Valley – an increasing “hot zone” of cartel invasion and violence against American ranchers.
Border Patrol confirmed the detentions, but would not say where or when they occurred.
Enrique Mendiola, assistant chief Border Patrol agent for the Rio Grande Valley sector, said that human smugglers see moving people besides Mexican nationals as a “business opportunity.”
“Average smuggling rates for other-than-Mexican nationals far exceed those of Mexicans and Central and South Americans,” he said in a statement.
Mendiola noted the Department of Homeland Security is working with governments in Central and South America to “identify and disrupt transnational smuggling organizations and routes, that sometimes can span the globe.”
Security experts are increasingly concerned about increasing alliances between international terrorist organizations and the Mexican cartels.
Michael Braun, former DEA Chief of Operations, recently testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Feb. 2, 2012 that Iranian-backed terror group Hizbollah – - which murdered 241 Marines in Beirut in 1983 – is supporting Mexican cartels to gain access to their networks for border entry, human trafficking, money laundering and forged documents, and operations in 250 U.S. cities.
The goal? Exploit our porous defenses with terror cells – far easier than our ports and airports, thanks to the Feds’ continued failure to secure the border.
Of course DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano tells us the border is “safer than ever”. And Barack Obama has mocked those who say the border is unsafe: “Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied.”
However, a local news station last year uncovered evidence that the DHS was suppressing data – even from Congress – which showed that hundreds of individuals from terror-sponsoring nations had penetrated our border. Retired INS Agent Michael Cutler says that DHS is “covering up” this evidence…
The threats are real, and dangerous. So what is the Administration’s response? Obama is slashing National Guard troops on the border by a stunning 75% over the next 3 months. Insanity.
Given that Obama and Napolitano refuse to increase security on the border in order to pander to the La Raza crowd, it will take new leadership in Washington if these threats are ever to be taken seriously. Share this story widely (using the links above), especially for those people you know who still think the only people crossing our Southern border are migrant fruit pickers, and do not understand the critical choice we face in the coming election.
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