Texan Mike Vickers estimates that 30 people cross his property every day while trying to avoid Border Patrol agents. His 1,000-acre ranch sits just a few miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border; the nearest Border Patrol station is about five miles away. A recent discovery on the ranch has him questioning just who some of those people crossing his property might be.
In May, Vickers found an Urdu-to-English dictionary on his property. He assumed the person carrying the book dropped it while trying to cross an electrified cattle fence. He reported the find to Border Patrol but has only recently spoken publicly about his discovery.
Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, it is also spoken in parts of Afghanistan and India. Finding the dictionary on the U.S. border raises concerns that extremists from those countries could be crossing into the country undetected.
One Border Patrol agent who asked not to be identified recently told TheBlaze he wasn’t surprised by Vickers’ discovery.
“We’ve found Qurans, prayer rugs and many other unusual items at the border that certainly raise concern,” the agent said.
But the Border Patrol is currently dealing with an influx of more than 50,000 immigrant children which makes it difficult to track the more dangerous people crossing the border. Such people are routinely referred to as OTMs by agents, an acronym that stands for Other Than Mexicans.
“We have limited resources,” the agent said. “It’s frustrating for all of us and there’s no doubt that we have OTMs 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.”
That concerns Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who said last month that he believes extremists are plotting another Sept. 11-style attack on the U.S.
“This jihadist group ISIS and it’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have promised direct confrontation with America,” Poe told CBS-DFW last month. He was speaking about the group that has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
Poe believes the people who carry out any future attack will likely cross into the country from Mexico.
“Of course the way they would come to the United States would be through the porous border with Mexico. The drug cartels will bring people into the country no matter who they are — for money,” he said. “Everyone in the world knows that the border between the United States and Mexico is completely porous.”
Poe argues that the best way to prevent such an attack and to keep unwanted people out is better security, including putting National Guard troops along the border.
“National security does not start overseas; it starts at the border between the U.S. and Mexico,” he said.