First there was the news about the help given to Mexicans to cross our border illegally:
A compass and flashlight dangle from one shoelace. The pocket in the tongue is for money or pain relievers. A rough map of the border region is printed on a removable insole.
They are red, white and green, the colors of the Mexican flag. On the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico’s patron saint of migrants.
[…]On recent evening in Tijuana, after giving away 50 pairs at a migrant shelter, Werthein waved the insole and pointed to Interstate 8, the main road between San Diego and Phoenix.
“This blue line is where you want to go,” Werthein, 38, said in Spanish.
“Good luck! You’re all very courageous,” she told the cheering crowd of about 50 men huddled in a recreation room after dinner.
“God bless you!” several cried back.
[…]Some get lost — hence, the compass and map.
“If you get lost,” she told the men at the shelter, “just go north.”
And then news today that a Al-Qaeda member was arrested close to our border:
An Al Qaida operative who was on the FBI’s terrorist watch list was recently captured near the Mexican border, housed in a Texas jail and turned over to federal agents, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said on Friday.
“A confirmed al Qaida terrorist, an Iraqi national, was held in the Brewster County jail,” Rep. Culberson told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity. “He was captured in Mexico. This was within the last six weeks. He was turned over to the FBI.”
The Texas Republican said he obtained the stunning information about the terrorist’s capture “from the sheriffs who were directly involved.
“In fact, one was the sheriff’ who incarcerated him in the Brewster County jail [and who]confirmed this as well,” he explained. The same sheriff also confirmed “that this guy is on the FBI’s al Qaida list,” he added.
The al Qaida operative “had been in Mexico, living just about 60 miles east of El Paso,” Rep. Culberson said. “He was captured in a little town called El Porvenir, right across from Fort Hancock.”
Rep. Culberson said the detainee had been living in Mexico for up to a year, where the terrorist “was taking careful notes on the movement of people, police officers, wildlife etc. ”
The Iraqi national “had apparently aggravated a neighbor in Mexico, who turned him into Mexican authorities,” he explained. Mexican officials then turned him over to the U.S. officials, who temporarily housed him in the Brewster County jail.
A Iraqi Al-Qaeda member? Get outta here, everyone knows there was no ties between Iraq and Al-Qaeda….sigh.
Is it going to take another terrorist attack until we decide to actually control our border?