Jerry Misner, left, and Stan Wald of Eyefull Video Productions in their Tucson studio
Tens of thousands of convicted felons, including murderers and sex offenders, regularly are breaching the United States national boundary along just one section of the shared line with Mexico, according to a revealing new documentary called "Southern Exposure: Battle for the Border."
Eyefull Video Productions, located in the migration hotbed of Tucson, Ariz., has produced a made-for-TV special about the U.S./Mexico border crisis. It suggests that the invading hordes also may have an agenda of damage to the U.S. far beyond ordinary crime such as robbery, looting and even homicide.
"We used to be in broadcasting, and we were getting towards retirement age and saying, 'What do we really want to do?' That's one of the joys of actually retiring," said Misner, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam vet. "We started about four years ago doing television commercials and corporate-imaging video, and we started thinking we'd really like to do something meaningful and give something back to the country because it's been good to us overall," he explained.
"We discovered there were elements of the mass migration that were not being covered in major news across the country, but only in local communities adjacent to the border," said Wald. "So we decided to start digging into things and getting some answers that the media wasn’t providing."
Wald said that in fiscal year 2008-2009, there were 378,000 apprehensions by the Border Patrol in the Tucson sector alone, which is only 262 linear miles.
In the documentary, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Michael Scioli says the USBP estimates that agents apprehend one out of every three or four illegal migrants. He says that 15 percent of the aliens caught in the Tucson sector are convicted felons. That's 57,000 convicts.
"I'm talking about major things: homicides, sex offenders is one of the top three – hugely sex offenders," Scioli says.
He explains that many alien sex offenders are arrested by police, do some jail time, then they are deported, and the USBP subsequently catches them re-entering the U.S. He also says that while U.S. sex offenders have to register where they live, alien sexual predators could be in anyone's neighborhood stalking children.
Misner said, "Of that 15 percent of bad guys, there were lots of MS-13s, La Familia, Sureños – all the Mexican and South American gangs. So the ones that didn't get caught, which is more than did get caught, they come and they do their same gang thing here in the United States."
Considering the Border Patrol's conservative estimate, if one third of the Tucson trespassers were apprehended last year, another 756,000 entered through that sector and are dispersed throughout the U.S. Likewise, if 15 percent are convicts, approximately 113,400 dangerous individuals entered the U.S. through that one sector in just one year.
Yet there are 13 Border Patrol sectors and agents are responsible for more than 8,600 linear miles. It's possible that more than a million migrants illegally enter the U.S. every year. And, according to "Southern Exposure," the mass migration crisis began in the 1990s.
The U.S. Border Patrol's priority mission is preventing terrorists and their weapons from entering the U.S. Despite the Secure Fence Act of 2006, this year the Department of Homeland Security halted construction on barriers in the Southwest.
Wald and Misner show a 15-foot fence that runs for merely seven miles in Sasabe, Ariz. A USBP official reportedly has claimed that high fences are effective. Yet much of the 2,000-mile southwestern border is lined with low four-strand barbed-wire fences which are easily transgressed by humans.
Typically, traffickers move under the cover of night, and one resident of Cochise County, Ariz., says she has seen 30 to 40 drug smugglers wearing black masks and marching like military platoons on her property. Misner and Wald provide numerous other eyewitness accounts and ample video proof of drug and human traffickers invading the Southwest.
"Southern Exposure" reveals desert trails polluted with garbage, women's underwear hanging like trophies on "rape trees" and the corpses of would-be migrant workers – burned and dehydrated by the sun.
It seems advocates on all sides of the debate agree that the majority of illegal migrants desperately are seeking gainful employment to care for their families, but few mention that these same poor people are beholden to the drug cartels' traffickers, also known as coyotes.
Wald and Misner explained the racket. The coyotes charge migrants up to $3,000 for entry into the U.S., but they offer to cut the extortion fees if the desperados will become drug mules. Then the cartels make millions more by selling the drugs to Americans.
Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, one of several civilian groups that monitor the border, warns that the Border Patrol staffing levels are far too low. He and others, including USBP agents, speak of guerrilla tactics used by the traffickers.
Some lead traffickers pay decoys to distract the Border Patrol agents while hordes of other traffickers invade the U.S.; some use children to cry for help and lure agents into the line of fire; traffickers also assassinate law enforcement officers and murder ranchers on their own land.
In "Southern Exposure," Wald and Misner reveal the disturbing images of the severed heads of Mexicans, images that reveal the level of crisis that exists along the Mexican border.
Misner also said that these savage crimes likely are committed by Islamists.
"There is a belief by law enforcement and former border law enforcement that there's a nexus of some kind between Palestinians and what's happening on the border with the drugs and the illegals," said Misner. "Law enforcement has been studying the situation for a long time and this brutality is not endemic to Mexican criminals."
Wald said, "I think that the Department of Homeland Security is deceiving Americans. We've interviewed several retired Border Patrol supervisors. One told us off-camera he was being asked to cook the books."
Misner further explained that in one particular report to the DHS, this former supervisor's agents declared they had spotted 900 illegal but un-apprehended migrants. A DHS manager returned the report to him with the number "900" scratched out and changed to "0" (zero).
Last year, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon all claimed that 90 percent of weapons used by the Mexican cartels came from the U.S.
However, according to "Southern Exposure," in 2008 the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives analyzed 24 percent of 30,000 cartel weapons seized by the Mexican government and found only 55 percent were traceable, and 87 percent of those came from the U.S. That's less than 12 percent of the total purportedly seized. So the video-makers and some of their law enforcement sources believe the exaggerations are a political ploy to disarm Americans.
"Southern Exposure" also provides insight on Arizona's immigration law. It contains interviews with state lawmakers, sheriffs, pro-amnesty humanitarian and religious groups, as well as Hispanic Americans discussing security and immigration. Wald and Misner cover multi-level Marxist campaigns to incite racism and the killing of "gringos," and they catch ACORN in the mix.
Jerry Misner said, "I think, by far, the vast majority of Arizonans think that SB 1070 was our law. How dare the president of the United States and Eric Holder sue a sovereign state for a law that does nothing more than mirror federal law?"
Wald said, "The people in Arizona were fed up because the federal government wasn't doing its job. Now that 22 states are drafting or proposing legislation like Arizona's immigration law. I'm curious to see if the Obama government is going to sue every state. Because if it does, there's going to be one hell of a revolution."
Film and video companies in London, Vienna and Australia also are considering "Southern Exposure" for their markets. Eyefull Video Productions also is seeking a TV network to premier the immigration documentary where it matters most, in the U.S.