Sara Carter describes the “lawless” borderland exposed in tonight’s For The Record

As Congress draws closer to a vote on immigration reform, the truth about the undeclared war on our border is exposed in For The Record: Borderless. While politicians in Washington insist people are only sneaking into the country in search of the American Dream, never before seen surveillance footage shows far too many violent criminals and potential terrorists are organizing and crossing the border in plain sight - putting America’s safety in jeopardy. Hear from the people who actually live along the border and learn from some of the foremost immigration experts when For The Record: Borderless premieres TONIGHT at 8:30pm ET only on TheBlaze. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial of TheBlaze TV HERE.

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke with TheBlaze’s chief Washington correspondent, Sara Carter about tonight’s For The Record. Sara describes the situation at our southern border as “lawless,” with ranchers forced to spend day in and day out watching, guarding, and protecting their property. From drug cartels who have set up transit routes straight through American ranches to the often violent trafficking of humans and contraband, those who live along the U.S./Mexico border live in constant fear. What are the implications for the nation as a whole?

Read a full transcript of the interview below:

GLENN: Tonight, For The Record takes a look at the situation in our nation as borderless, and it truly is. And we are going to talk to ‑‑ we sent our cameras out, For The Record, to talk to the people, Americans on the border that have never been interviewed before. Not just by the press but not even by our own government. Nobody has taken the time to interview these people, and they are the people that have safe rooms in their house. They are the people that can't say, "Get off my land." They are the people that lock their children truly in closets when they see something coming across the border because they know there's no help coming. Sara Carter is our senior Washington correspondent for TheBlaze and she is the woman who really broke and really helped free Compean and Ramos. She's the one who really broke that something was going on and something was wrong with that story. She's also the woman who brought us the story of the underground tunnels, and we have been so fortunate to be able to hire her and make her our senior Washington correspondent. She was instrumental in this episode of For The Record, which will air tonight, is it at 8:30pm? Is that right?

SARA: It's at 8:30pm, that's correct, Glenn.

GLENN: 8:30pm tonight.

SARA: It's tonight at 8:30pm ET.

GLENN: Okay. So Sara, tell us ‑‑ tell a little bit about what we're going to see tonight.

SARA: I think we're going to show the American public, our viewers, the reality of living on a lawless borderland, a borderless land between Mexico and the United States. They are going to get it from the words of the ranchers themselves that have to spend day in and day out watching their property, from drug cartels that are utilizing their transit routes straight through American ranches, moving humans, moving contraband and the fear that these ranchers feel all the time living among those drug cartels and the dangers that it poses to the rest of the United States.

GLENN: The interesting thing here is there is ‑‑ these are people who have lived on the border their whole lives and some of them for generations.

SARA: Correct.

GLENN: And they have had these ranches for generations, they grew up, and they have always seen ‑‑ one of them said in one of the interviews that, you know, "I remember growing up and the guys would come to work in America and they would come across in the daytime and then they would go back across at night. And we would see them and we knew them and they weren't bad people."

SARA: That's right.

GLENN: This is a whole different world.

SARA: It's a totally different world now. And this is coming from, like you said, Glenn, generations of ranchers who have lived on the border. And I can tell you from interviewing them -- both sheriffs who have lived on the border for a long period of time, who had their mothers and fathers live on the border -- this is a whole different group of people crossing our border and this should scare everyone.

GLENN: I saw the ‑‑

SARA: This is not the same group.

GLENN: I saw the episode a couple of days ago before the final edits, and I will tell you that I ‑‑ it leaves you ‑‑ you know, the first thing I wrote back to the executive producer was, "Well, that just opens up a whole can of worms. There's about 700 other shows that we have to do on this now," and one of them is: It gave me the impression that there is coordination between the drug cartels and our side, the good guys supposedly. Do you feel that's going on?

SARA: Oh, yeah. Glenn, I mean, look, we've seen it in the past. We've seen people, you know, working for Department of Homeland Security that have are being caught red‑handed, you know, being paid off by the drug cartels, allowing cartel members to move across our border. You're talking about billions of dollars in the narcotics and contraband trade moving back and forth and that money purchases people. That money is their power, it's their control. And you have these coyotes working for the drug cartels that are literally stationed along the border watching our own border patrol agents, watching our own law enforcement, and they look for anything, in this case they can do to get someone on their side to allow them to move their contraband across the border. If they don't move it in the darkness of night, they move it straight across our highways during the day and right through our own law enforcement. And this is something that we need to look into in the future as well. But it goes beyond just the illegal immigrants who are crossing the border who are looking for jobs, this is about a new breed of people moving across the U.S. border. These are bad guys and they have bad intentions and they really do not care about the national security of the United States and they don't care about what they cross into our country.

GLENN: Okay. One ‑‑

SARA: And we have to remember that.

GLENN: One last question here. I notice that some of the ranchers had their voice disguised and they were filmed in the shadows.

SARA: That ‑‑

GLENN: Others were shockingly open with who they were and I mean, why did ‑‑ why did some of them say, "Yeah, show me." Was there no fear? Was it ‑‑

SARA: You know, no, I think there is fear. I think these are brave people. And you're brave when you fear something but you do it anyways. Some of these ranchers decided that they wanted the American public to know that they meant business, that they weren't just going to hide in the shadows, that they were going to tell them exactly what was going on and they were going to go fully on the record with it. And they are putting their lives in danger.

GLENN: Big time.

SARA: I mean, they are talking out against the most egregious and dangerous drug cartels in Mexico.

GLENN: And one of them is ‑‑

SARA: ‑‑ that utilize that area of the border to move their contraband. And they wanted the American people to know that there are some of us that are willing to stand up to this and they want the government to know, the federal government to know that it's their job to protect the American public. And for those that went into the shadows, they have reasons to hide too. They have children. They live, you know, they're new to the border or their ranches run right across areas where they have seen enormous amounts of violence and they've been threatened themselves. So for some there is a real reason to go in the shadows, and for others they feel like this is their time to speak out and get people to listen.

GLENN: Okay. Sara, thank you very much. Appreciate it. It's For The Record tonight at 8:30pm ET. It follows Pursuit of the Truth where we are looking for new documentary filmmakers. It's a new entertainment and information show all kind of wrapped up in one. Great show we produced together with Vince Vaughn and his people. And it's a great show. Tonight, premiere night on TheBlaze TV.

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From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.