Sunday, October 15, 2006

Raj on the Border (The Complete Video Story)

Raj on The O’Reilly Factor

On Friday, Raj discussed border security with FOX’s Bill O’Reilly. Below is a transcript:

O’Reilly: Pretty clever stunt.

Bhakta: Thank you.

O’Reilly: So you went down to Brownsville, Texas and where you were, how many miles outside?

Bhakta: We were about five miles, ten miles outside of Brownsville.

O’Reilly: Now that’s just rural area right?

Bhakta: Fairly rural.

O’Reilly: Nothing going on. No border patrol posts or anything like that there?

Bhakta: There’s one about five miles away on the highway. But, what actually prompted me to do this was the day before on Monday, while at the actual US-Mexico border post, the official crossing, a guy came right across totally unmolested by border security. I figured if this guy can do it right under the nose of you know, our entire border security apparatus, I can pretty much do anything.

O’Reilly: Now how wide is the river there? I mean we’re seeing it on video here.

Bhakta: Thirty, forty feet.

O’Reilly: Its small, you can wade across. You don’t even have to swim?

Bhakta: Oh yeah. He’s doing it.

O’Reilly: So you took the three elephants and the band and you went down there and you wanted to get the attention of the border patrol?

Bhakta: Yeah.

O’Reilly: So you got on top the elephant and the elephant waded in the water for an hour and a half while the band was playing?

Bhakta: The band played on, the elephant splashed away, and nobody showed up.

O’Reilly: Nobody showed up?

Bhakta: That’s truly amazing to me and although we’re using satire here and we’re showing what a circus border security is there’s a very serious point here. You understand it well.

O’Reilly: Of course. Everybody understands the point that you have out of control illegal immigration because you don’t have any supervision on the border and that’s obvious here. Now, Brownsville, Texas is a pretty big town and they have a lot of problems down there potentially with narcotics trafficking. So, this is my worry, yeah you can get some people crossing over who want to you know get a job or drive a cab or whatever but you can also take tons and tons of narcotics right through there and if you’ve got a band and an elephant and nobody checks it out, you know what are they doing about the narcotics and the answer is nothing. Correct?

Bhakta: You’ve got it. That’s my concern. Five years after September eleventh, two invasions, an occupation later, a Homeland Security Department, a Patriot act later, untold treasure in lives and money, we have not yet dealt with job one, which is a real problem on both sides, political corruption on both sides of the aisle.

O’Reilly: Did you see any Mexican authorities? You didn’t cross over to Mexico. You stayed on the US side. Did you see any Mexican authorities? Were they looking at you?

Bhakta: No Mexican authorities. But, the guy did have a guide on the other side, under the US border crossing, you know telling him where to go.

O’Reilly: Oh yeah, but those guys do that all the time.

Bhakta: But, Bill right under the border, right under the official US international-Mexico bridge.

O’Reilly: Well nobody looked over the border. Nobody looked over the bridge to see if some guy is wading across. You know why, because they see that everyday. They see thousands and thousands of people doing that and they’re going, I’m not doing anything about it because that’s the system we have. Now did you bring this to the attention of the border patrol after you did it? Did you show them the videotape?

Bhakta: Well actually this guy, a little bit later on, got apprehended because we were you know literally hooting and hollering, chasing after him with a camera guy behind me you know making as big a scene as I possibly could saying hey look let’s do something about this. And its not about the poor Mexican guy wanting to come for a better life, we’re all immigrants in this country. You know the fact of the matter if he can get across and I can parade with an elephant and splash about and create a circus scene, you know, people, drugs, terrorism…

O’Reilly: My question is did you say look I just spent an hour and a half on top of an elephant in the middle of the Rio Grande river and nobody showed up and I had a band.

Bhakta: I think they know it now.

O’Reilly: They know it now. But, you didn’t confront them with it?

Bhakta: No I didn’t.

O’Reilly: Because I would have like to have seen you have gone to the border patrol headquarters and got the commander and said hey did you not hear the band? Did you not see the elephant? Isn’t there anybody looking?

Bhakta: We tried actually to interview one of the border guys, but they didn’t want to be on camera.

O’Reilly: I mean they’re probably big fans of yours. You were on the Apprentice; you’ve got the little bow tie going on. They wouldn’t talk to you?

Bhakta: No.

O’Reilly: They were embarrassed. Alright, so national guard is supposed to be at the border, border fence, and now we have what hundreds of thousands of elephants would you say are coming to the United States unattended? If they wanted to they could!

Bhakta: It would’ve cost me a lot less to get the elephant if we had a couple hundred thousand coming.

O’Reilly: Alright, Raj. Good luck in your Congressional race in Pennsylvania.

Bhakta: Thank you.

O’Reilly: We appreciate you coming in.

Bhakta: Delight to be here.

Retributions Hails Raj’s Effort

Retributions links Raj on MSNBC.

Well, get yourself an Elephant! No kidding!

Remember Raj Peter Bhakta? One who could not make it to the final round of Apprentice? Now he is running for Congress on a Republican ticket and border security is one of the main issues he is raising. He decided to show the (lax) state of border security in a most interesting manner: by hiring an Elephant and crossing into Mexico while a band plays in the background. It is disputed whether he actually made landfall but as a campaign pitch, it is a remarkable effort...

“Maybe I Should Have Used This Tactic”

Elephonkey relates Raj’s demonstration.

The United States has a problem with immigration. I am an immigrant from England who is trying to go through the proper channels to become a citizen and it is a pain in the ass. I am watching the news the other day and I see Raj Bhakta, you probably know him from Donald Trump's The Apprentice, chasing down a Mexican illegally crossing into the US right underneath the border control bridge. He follows up this amazing footage with some of himself riding an elephant across the Rio Grande with a Mariachi band playing in the background. No one shows up to challenge him... So maybe I should have used this tactic rather than flying here and foolishly jumping through all of the hoops?

Raj Makes Jumbo Size Splash

From Telugu Portal:

But it was left to an Indian American to make a jumbo size splash. Republican House candidate and former reality TV show contestant Raj Peter Bhakta rode an elephant across the Rio Grande along the Texas-Mexico border to make a point about border security.

Morning Coffee Blog Republishes Raj on the Border

Beer Can Politics Links Video

Beer Can Politics broadcasts Raj on the border.

Ever wonder how all the illegals can can cross the U.S. border and end up hanging out on the street corners in your community. Republican House candidate Raj Peter Bhakta shows how it can be done and you won't believe your eyes or maybe you will.

Presto Agitato Spotlights Raj on the Border

Blog Curry Highlights Raj on the Border

Blog Curry cites Raj on the border.

The United States has a problem with immigration. ... I am watching the news the other day and I see Raj Bhakta, you probably know him from Donald Trump's The Apprentice, chasing down a Mexican illegally crossing into the US...

Eagles Set For Showdown

Eagles oppose Reggie Bush, Saints.

The surprising New Orleans Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in a battle of first-place teams.

The Saints already have surpassed their win total from last season, when they were 3-13 and played on three different home fields. The Eagles are two wins shy of matching their total from 2005, when they finished last in the NFC East.

Michael Williams Praises Raj’s Demonstration

The Master of None Blog narrates Raj on the border.

Raj Peter Bhakta has pulled off a brilliant stunt that highlighted exactly how porous our borders are by swimming an elephant and a band back and forth between America and Mexico. Apparently the elephant didn't make it all the way -- no thanks to border security -- but the band had no problems.

Times of India Analyzes Raj’s Demonstration

The Times of India discusses Raj on the border.

In the upcoming US elections, illegal immigration and border security is not exactly the unnoticed elephant in the room, but an Indian-American aspirant for Congress chose to use pachyderms to show just how porous the American border has become.

Raj Bhakta, a Philadelphia native who is running for Congress from Eastern Pennsylvania's 13th District, hired three elephants and a six-piece mariachi band, and splashed through the Rio Grande River that borders the United States and Mexico to prove that border security has broken down.

RHCP Blog Shares Raj’s Opinion

Red Hot Cuppa Politics salutes Raj’s illustration.

Of course, the elephant and the mariachi band is a campaign stunt and a successful one. But I do agree with Bhakta. "..."If I can get an elephant led by a mariachi band into this country, I think Osama bin Laden could get across with all the weapons of mass destruction he could get into this country ..."

Click to the CoalitionBlog for the latest and freshest on Illegal immigration Reform. And here's the link to Bhakta's website, I hope he wins his race.

“My Point” Hails Raj’s Illustration

“My Point” showcases Raj on the border.

Proof positive that our boarder is not quite secure as one thinks, A canidate from Pennsylvania hired an elephant and a Mariachi band to parade the Mexican border down in Brownville, Texas.

This is funny beyond belief!

Max Redline Acclaims Raj’s Creativity

Max Redline requests security upgrade.

I mentioned this the other day, but it bears repeating. We need to beef up security along the southern border and everybody knows it. This is simply one of the most creative ways of pointing that out that I've seen.

Fundamental Lack of Control

Rhymes With Right Blog lauds Raj’s demonstration.

Yeah, it was a publicity stunt, but I think it indicates the fundamental lack of control we have of the border region, and the resulting lack of security.

The only response from authorities was the arrival of the US Department of Agriculture, which seized the elephants because they were in a quarantine zone. The beasts wee released after they were sprayed for ticks.