Last week there was a leaked Texas Department of Public Safety memo related to border security and the safety of Texans. Also we saw a report from the Rio Grande Valley on KRGV detailing how “Middle Easterners, some with ties to Islamic terrorism,” are paying big money to enter the U.S. over the border with Mexico. (A story KRGV has since pulled from their website but is available elsewhere.)
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifreda Gonzalez told KRGV: “You can bring in 1000 pounds of marijuana at one time. How simple would it be to bring a suitcase filled with a dirty bomb?”
Brownsville’s police chief, Carlos Garcia, is openly saying there is “grave concern” over the border situation. And this weekend, the Valley Morning Star ran this headline: Mexican Mafia attacks taking place in Valley towns.
There is simply no excuse for the latest failure of the Federal government which we learned of last week. The San Antonio Express-News reported that “Almost a year after the Department of Homeland Security started requiring U.S. citizens to present passports or other approved documents to re-enter the country from Canada and Mexico, the word is spreading… that the law is not being enforced. Customs officers have been accepting driver’s licenses, expired passports or school I.D. cards for youths over 16 – none of which are listed as approved documents.”
This isn’t about illegal immigration, it is much broader. Our very safety is at risk and our own Federal government is culpable by choice.
Robert Pratt is host of the top rated Pratt on Texas radio program which can be heard at www.PrattonTexas.com