Katie Pavlich

As illegal immigration picks up with rumors of amnesty on Capitol Hill and as Customs and Border Protection reconsiders cutting manpower and patrols at the border, Townhall has obtained exclusive footage of dangerous and illegal activity in the Arizona desert close to the border with Mexico.

First, footage dated March 7, 2013 from a Border Patrol surveillance camera shows a group of illegal immigrants working for Mexican cartels loading drugs into the trunk of a car in the Arizona desert.

Arizona has seen a doubling of illegal border crossings in the past few months with many of those crossing being criminals. The following photos were found on an abandoned cell phone near Quijotoa, Arizona just south of Casa Grande where I-8 and I-10 meet.

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Deputy Commissioner of CBP Thomas S. Winkowski wrote in a memo to Border Patrol agents yesterday, "Please continue to proceed in a manner which ensures that we are able to carry out our national security mandate," making it clear illegal activity like the kind shown above, is in fact a threat to national security.

Multiple Border Patrol agents have expressed concerns to Townhall about under patrolling of the border, saying incidents like the one above will start to occur more frequently as a result of cuts in working hours. They've warned there will be an increase in bandit and rip crew activity, an increase in criminals entering the United States, including terrorists, and that cartels will continue to set up a strong foot hold in America if the proper resources and manpower are not allocated to secure the border.

Exit question: What is the Gang of Eight planning to do about the Mexican cartel problem in the United States?


Katie Pavlich

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