America, Meet Your New Neighbors

In a chilling report from Lukeville, Arizona, Ben Bergquam of Real America's Voice News reveals a dire national security situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

October 9, 2023

"America, meet your new neighbors." This is not a welcoming introduction to a community gathering; it's a chilling statement from Ben Bergquam, a reporter for Real America's Voice News, about the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Bergquam's recent report from Lukeville, Arizona, paints a dire picture of national security, emphasizing the influx of migrants from various countries, including Syria.

The situation at Lukeville, Arizona, transcends immigration policy; it's a ticking time bomb for national security. The influx of fighting-age men from countries with known security risks demands immediate attention. "At least 150 fighting age men here right now," Bergquam reports. According to federal statistics, Lukeville has become the busiest point of illegal entry into the country, with 1,300 people a day crossing into the U.S. in this area. This diversification of origins amplifies the security risks, as it becomes increasingly difficult to vet individuals and assess potential threats.

Border Patrol agents, despite their best efforts, are ill-equipped to handle this surge alone. "Border Patrol, you could tell, they're so frustrated. They want this to be recorded," Bergquam notes. Last month, 42,561 migrants were encountered at the Tucson Border Patrol sector, which includes Lukeville, a massive jump from the 27,294 encounters in June. They are the last line of defense against a complex array of challenges that include human trafficking, drug smuggling, and emerging national security threats. Yet, they are often pulled away from their posts to process new arrivals, leaving vast stretches of the border unguarded. This operational gap provides cartels and other illicit actors the opportunity to exploit the situation further, exacerbating the crisis.

Ben Bergquam's report serves as a crucial alarm. The question is, are we listening? "It's bad, guys. It's really bad. I mean, there's no other way to put it. It's just really, really bad," he emphasizes. The situation at the border is more than just "bad"; it's a crisis that requires immediate and decisive action. The sheer number of fighting-age men crossing the border is a red flag. Over 500 in a single day, with at least 150 from Syria, cannot be dismissed as a mere immigration issue. The stakes are high, and the consequences are grave. Now is the time for a comprehensive approach that addresses both the root causes and the immediate dangers of this unfolding crisis.

The federal government's lack of urgency in addressing this crisis is glaring. "Biden did it. Mayorkas did this. They're not doing anything to stop it," Bergquam asserts. The absence of a robust response strategy allows the crisis to escalate, putting American security at risk. It's not just about building walls or enhancing physical security measures; it's about a multi-faceted approach that includes diplomatic efforts, international cooperation, and domestic policy changes.

In a world increasingly interconnected yet paradoxically divided, the Lukeville situation serves as a stark reminder that some barriers are insufficient against the magnitude of the threats we face. The recent attacks in Israel serve as a grim example of how global events can have ripple effects, even in remote border towns like Lukeville. While fences may delineate boundaries, they offer scant protection against a crisis of this scale.

The situation at Lukeville, Arizona, is a microcosm of larger global issues, from international conflict to human trafficking to national security. It's a complex puzzle that demands a multi-dimensional solution. Ignoring it is not an option; the alarm has been sounded, and it's high time we listened.


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