UPDATED: ‘It is a horrifying place to be’: Glenn reflects on his visit to the Rio Grande River with Louie Gohmert

Update: On Glenn’s TV show Monday night, he played video from his visit with Rep. Gohmert:

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Before the sun had even risen on Saturday, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took Glenn to the border in McAllen, Texas. Met by a pungent stench and piles of discarded clothing and personal items, Glenn toured the scorpions and rattlesnake-ridden bank of the Rio Grande River. It took just a few moments for Glenn to realize anyone – politician or otherwise – claiming the border is secure is telling “the biggest lie.” On radio this morning, Glenn recounted the life changing impact of this 4am trip.

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Below is an edited transcript of the monologue and some pictures from the border:

It was a powerful weekend for those of us here at Mercury and those who volunteered their time and went down to the border. We went down with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). It was pretty shocking. And I want to take you through a few things.

I want to take you through, first, what we did when we first got there at 4 o’clock in the morning. We went to the border. Anything about anybody telling you that the border is secure is the biggest lie you’ve ever heard in your life. It is so far out of control. It’s incomprehensible.

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Two hours before we got there, there were .50 caliber machine gun rounds were lobbed on to the American side by the drug cartels. .50 caliber machine gun. I don’t know. Does that sound like a secure border? The reason why that was happening is they were laying down suppressing fire while they smuggled illegals in. And I want to ask you one question that I think will change your view of what’s happening on the border.

Right now we all think about is what’s happening with these illegals coming across and swimming across the Rio Grande. And we think about these people who have traveled 30 days on foot. And then they pay $7,000 for a family to go across the Rio Grande. Have we thought about that $7,000 and where that $7,000 is going? The things that our government is now encouraging through their lack of enforcement is reprehensible. So these families go across the river. How do they afford $7,000? They can’t. So then how do they get across? They pay the drug lords $3,000 and the drug lords say, ‘Don’t worry about it. You know what? You just get over and then we’ll work it out.’ Now, what does that mean? I mean, it is Al Capone stuff. You owe us a favor, and so I’m going to call on you and you’re going to do these things or I’ll kill your whole family. Or they come in and they are doing the drug lords’ business here in the United States. Those are two options. I’m sure there are more. But those are two options.

So how do we stop this? Well, we have to be clear on the border. We have to be clear that you don’t stay here. But that’s not happening anytime soon. Nobody in Washington has any interest. I shouldn’t say nobody. The guys I was with, they have interest. But very few people have interest in actually stopping this, because there’s a lot of money to be made. And there’s a lot of political votes to be had before you just stop what’s going on.

Here’s the question that I asked. I haven’t received an answer on this. We were driving underneath the International Bridge at 4 o’clock in the morning. We are in the woods. We’re right at the river. We are looking over the river to Mexico. We’re hearing the sounds of coyotes and chickens. I mean actual coyotes, not human coyotes, and chickens in the morning. We’re hearing the wild dogs running through this area. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s 4am. We’re seeing the rafts. We’re seeing the little teeny children’s life jackets that have been discarded all over, piles of them, all over the border. One of them had a scorpion on top of it. There are tarantulas and rattlesnakes. We were told, ‘Make sure you’re wearing boots. Make sure you wear long sleeves and you button up your collars.’ It’s horrible. It is a horrifying place to be.

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The border guards have to go and clean this area up all the time. They haven’t had the time to go pick up the sacks of clothes that have been left by them after they cleaned it up. It is a mess. As we’re in this area, there is this mile-long international bridge. And it goes from the Mexican side to the American side. And at the end of this bridge is the I.N.S., the border security. Now, we have been told the whole time, ‘All you have to do is come over and turn yourself in. They are seeking out our border patrol.’ Now, two hours before we got to the border, at 2:00am or midnight, somewhere in this area, there was suppressing fire fired into the American side with .50 caliber machine gun. Now, why is that happening? Hang on. Come back to the bridge for a second. They’re smuggling people across the water, and those people are looking for the border patrol to turn themselves in and say, ‘I’m here because I’m escaping oppression.’ That’s what we’re told, right?

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Why are they going across the river when there’s a bridge right there that is free? You don’t have to pay anybody to smuggle you across the bridge, all you have to do is take your family and walk across the bridge and go to the same exact people and say, ‘I’m escaping oppression. I need help.’ And they let you in. Why are they coming across the river? They’re coming across the river because the drug cartels benefit from it. The drug cartels will never hear any message except the message from the government of the United States of America. I said, ‘How can we tell the people to stop?’ And the border patrol laughed at me. You’re not going to be able to. ‘Do you have the resources that the United States government or the drug cartels have?’ Well, of course not. You’re not going to be able to beat the drug cartels with a message. The message the drug cartels want is, ‘Come to us. We will get you across.’ They’re making money on this.

More importantly, why are they hitting us with .50 caliber machine gun rounds? Why are they doing it? Why are they on boats? They’ll take the weakest swimmer, the one who cannot swim, and when they’re coming across the boat with all of these people who paid them, they take the weakest swimmer and throw them out of the boat. They do it so the border agents have to swarm. They only throw that person down into the river so they’ll die, so the border patrol – out of compassion – have to come. But then they have their people on the other side. It’s called rocking. And what they do is they stand around with stones. And they start pelting our border agents with stones as they’re trying to save that individual. They’re trying to drive all the border patrol into that one area – misdirection – so people elsewhere can smuggle God only knows what across our border.

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So if you don’t care about the border because of the people coming across, somebody on the left has got to care about the border because of what else is coming across. And if you don’t care about securing our border, let me tell you two stories. Let me tell you about the 15-year-old boy that was found on the shores of the Rio Grande. The 15-year-old boy that was found dumped on the side of the river. Our side. Where was his parents? I don’t know. Where was his family? I don’t know. How did he get across? I don’t know. He was strapped to a wheelchair, and he’s a quadriplegic. He couldn’t move anything but his head. Luckily, the border patrol found him, dumped off on the American side of the river. Everybody else had left. But the cartels or smugglers completed their contract. They dumped him and his wheelchair face down on the side of the river. The kid would have died had it not been for the border patrol that actually found him. It was 110 heat index when we were there. It’s one of the hottest places I’ve ever been. You don’t have water. You die.

Ask yourself: Why aren’t people just coming over the bridge? Once you answer that question, you realize what’s really going on. I’m going to give you another question: Why is it the president of the United States wants you to know there’s a humanitarian crisis? He’s the first one to declare it. ‘There’s a humanitarian crisis on the border.’ Correct? We’ve all heard that. We’ve all heard the left making a very big deal out of it. Why is it no one in the press is allowed to see it? It has been something that has bothered me until I went down.