James O’Keefe, dressed in a trademark military jacket and dishdasha while wearing an Osama bin Laden mask, can casually cross into the U.S. without fear of the Border Patrol stopping him. O’Keefe asks, “Do you feel safe” before stepping into the 2-foot-deep Rio Grande in Hudspeth County, Texas.
The area looked well-worn with footprints, campsites, and littering, indicating that O’Keefe is not the only person crossing into the U.S.
This spot is commonly used by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers, and it’s easy to see why from the video. The only thing acting as a fence is a 4-strand barbed wire fence. The Border Patrol is nowhere to be found, and no one is on watch.
The crossing is just outside of Fort Hancock, Texas–and only 6 miles from Interstate 10.
When O’Keefe looked at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, he found that their mission is:
Preventing terrorists and terrorists weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, from entering the United States. Undaunted by scorching heat or freezing northern winters, they work tirelessly as vigilant protectors of our Nation’s borders.
While the Border Patrol has changed dramatically since its inception in 1924, its primary mission unchanged: to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States.
“If the President, or Senator Reid or anyone else tries to tell you that our borders are secure, they are lying to you.”
“Border Security is National Security. We were able to pick a well-traveled crossing, easily accessible from both sides, and cross unobserved by federal agents. Just six miles from our crossing is Interstate 10, and from there, the rest of the country.”
“You don’t understand, Washington paints the picture of how secure [the border] is… Well the question is it doesn’t matter whether or not he knows its here, it’s does he care,” said Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West.
“Do you feel safe?”
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom