As the humanitarian crisis continues unabated on the U.S. border, serious security concerns have been shunted to the sidelines – to the nation’s peril.
A Texas cattleman’s discovery of an Urdu-English dictionary, as replayed in an upcoming documentary, highlights the dangers of misplacing America’s focus and resources, according to TheBlaze.
Urdu is the language spoken in Pakistan, Waziristan, eastern Afghanistan and parts of western India — hotbeds of anti-American terrorist networks. In a documentary clip obtained by TheBlaze and filmed by Chris Burgard, rancher Mike Vickers recounts how he found the dictionary in May 2013 next to his electric fence, 75 miles north of the Rio Grande.
The book is believed to have popped out of a border jumper’s pocket after being jolted by the fence, and Vickers said he immediately reported the find to authorities.
An unnamed Texas Border Patrol agent told TheBlaze he had “no doubt” that Pakistanis and Afghans were among the thousands of illegal immigrants crossing into America, creating a national security threat.
“We have limited resources,” he said. “It’s frustrating for all of us and there’s no doubt that we have OTMs [Other Than Mexicans] coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and other parts of the world that we are very concerned with – these guys won’t be turning themselves into Border Patrol like the family units or children.”
As many as 30 people cross Vickers’ property every day in hopes of avoiding Border Patrol agents, he told TheBlaze.
“We’ve been dealing with this problem for years,” Vickers’ wife, Linda, said, “but now that they’re shipping illegals all over the country, people seem to care.”
TheBlaze quoted a number of Border Patrol agents as saying their resources were stretched too thin with the flood of immigrant children to efficiently cover the border — a vulnerability that drug cartels, criminal gangs and terrorist groups could exploit.
“We don’t have enough manpower,” one agent said. “We just don’t know who’s here already.”
Exactly the sentiments that were heard in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.
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