Posted: Jul 28, 2014 7:10 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 7:10 PM
WESLACO - An expert on border security says the threat along the U.S.-Mexican divide is being exaggerated.
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector are apprehending more people crossing into the country illegally than ever before. Still, the overall apprehensions across the entire southern border are down from historic levels, according to Stratfor.
Scott Stewart, a terrorism and security analyst with global intelligence company, said the numbers, and the fact that there are more Border Patrol agents on the southern border than ever before, indicate fewer people are crossing the southern border illegally.
Stewart says the increase of Central Americans crossing in the Rio Grande Valley is a problem, but not one that involves terrorists making their way into the United States.
"Certainly we have some issues with border security, but they probably don't involve jihadists bringing nuclear devices over the border with the help with the Mexican cartel," Stewart said.
Stewart said that criminals and gang members crossing into the United States is a concern. He said criminals are different from terrorists.
Stewart said smugglers and cartel members are businessmen, and acts of terrorism against the U.S. would be bad for business.