Wednesday, October 18, 2006

"It’s Ten Times Worse Than You Can Imagine"

From the Northeast Times:


Raj Bhakta suspected that security at the U.S.-Mexican border was lax.

So, the Republican congressional candidate traveled to Brownsville, Texas, last week to see for himself.

On the first day of his trip, he saw a shirtless Mexican man crossing the Rio Grande into the United States. He chased the man, who was ultimately apprehended.

The next day, to show the absence of security, he hired three elephants and a six-piece mariachi band to stand at the border crossing. He rode one of the elephants for a while. The crowd was there for two hours.

So, how much attention did they attract from security?

"Nada," said Bhakta, who was wearing an American flag bow tie.

The candidate did get plenty of national television exposure, including an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News.

Bhakta said the stunt would be funny if the issue of border security were not so serious.

"It’s all fun and games until a terrorist gets across the border," he said.

Bhakta, who is challenging freshman Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13th dist.), calls the security "a joke."

"It’s ten times worse than you can imagine," he said. "We have old ladies with blue hair strip searched at airports, but we have elephants going across the border and not getting stopped."

Bhakta believes Congress and President George W. Bush are callous and out of touch on the issue. He wants Congress to take a field trip to Brownsville.

If elected, he would support high-tech surveillance and increased border patrols at high-traffic areas.

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