So much for the Obama Administration assertion that the southern border is “more secure than ever.” PJ Media was kind enough to assemble some key quotes from a hearing last week with the House Oversight Committee regarding the border patrol:
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said criminal cartels recently cut a hole through the fence located on a 10-mile stretch of the border in Arizona….
“Criminal cartels were able to go to the fence, cut a hole in the fence, drive two vehicles through that hole and escape. They were able then to put the fence back up and try to hide the cuts that they had made,” Judd said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. “The scariest part of those vehicles entering into the United States is we don’t know what was in those vehicles. We have no idea.”
Judd clarified later in the hearing that he misread his notes and that part of the border was actually open for a period much longer than two days.
According to Mr. Judd, the reason the criminal cartels were able to pull off a slash, patch and run was due to lack of manpower at the border. (It’s secure, huh?) That particular stretch is not manned. The only reason the border patrol knows that the vehicles crossed is because cameras caught them driving through. So, now, the government – and by extension the American people – has absolutely no clue who or what crossed into the country illegally. Not only that, since the government is not reporting the number of “get-aways” like this, any numbers published regarding crossings and apprehensions are plain old poppycock.
But, wait, there’s more.
It also seems that there has been a significant increase in the number of people crossing illegally who are not from Latin America.
“Already in the first five months of this fiscal year, the United States Border Patrol has arrested 18 from Afghanistan, 79 from Pakistan and 619 from the People’s Republic of China. Those numbers should alarm everyone and we are seeing a similar trend from other key countries like Albania, Bangladesh and Brazil,” Judd said in his testimony.
And those are just the ones they caught. This has been going on for quite a while.
According to Steven C. McCraw, director of Texas Department of Public Safety, migrants from 35-40 countries of interest where Islamic terrorist organizations operate have been apprehended reaching the “southwest land border” each year since 9/11. These individuals were smuggled through Latin America and Mexico “at a relatively consistent annual average volume.”
McGraw said Somali terrorists from the militant group Al-Shabaab have been caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally at the southern border.
“It’s an FBI case. It was prosecuted. It’s open-source information regarding a Somalian smuggling operation out of San Antonio that would bring Somalians across and help them resettle across the U.S. and there had been a nexus determined in that investigation to terrorism. We’re mindful of that.”
So, what does this have to do with southern border fence security and accuracy of the numbers? According to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) there is no way to really measure just how secure the darn fence is despite the press releases touting all sorts of of apprehensions. During the hearing last week where all of this information was coming out and none of it was really publicized:
“The Government Accountability Process (GAO) has indicated DHS has no official metrics in place to measure whether our border is secure or not, and so those statements are very difficult to comprehend if there are no metrics in place,” he said.
The mainstream media and the political establishment question the need for an actual wall on the southern border since Mexico isn’t exactly monitoring its side of the fence despite all this going on. And they wonder why Donald Trump is trouncing their candidates.