Filmmaker Crosses U.S.-Mexico Border Dressed as Osama bin Laden
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Investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe donned an Osama bin Laden mask and sneaked across the Rio Grande in his new media stunt meant to expose the vulnerabilities of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I’m at the Rio Grande river. I’m about to cross into the United States just likes thousands of illegal immigrants do every single year,” Mr. O’Keefe, of Project Veritas, says in the video released Monday.
He is seen wading up to his shins across the 20-foot wide river from Mexico into Hudspeth County, Texas — this time wearing a white button-down shirt and slacks.
“I don’t see a single federal officer anywhere,” he says after easily crossing. “No walls, no guns, no people. Totally peaceful, quiet and serene. I’m in the United States. And let me tell you something, if the president or if [Nevada Sen. Harry] Reid or anyone else tries to tell you that our borders are secure, they are lying to you. Because that was just about the easiest thing I ever did. It may be difficult to get from South America to that point, but crossing that river? No problem.”
Mr. O’Keefe even points out an old foot bridge in case “you don’t want to get your feet wet.” He then proceeds to take the six-mile walk to Interstate 10, which he reaches without a hitch.
“From here I can get anywhere in the United States,” he says before going back to try the stunt again, this time as the world’s most infamous terrorist.
“I see no border patrol. I see no security. Thousands of people have stood in my footsteps right now. They’ve come from South America, Honduras, Guatemala, and they’ve all crossed the border. And if they can cross, anybody can cross,” says Mr. O’Keefe, dressed in military fatigues and a plastic bin Laden mask and turban. He makes the trip again unfettered.
“If you think four strands of barbed wire is securing the border then I guess it’s secure,” Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West says in the video. “You hear the rumors of boots on the ground and more agents. We got plenty of agents, they just need to be on the border. Look around you. You look miles and miles in either direction and there is not a border patrol agent.”