Ridge: no sign of terrorists trying to cross border
From the AP:
NOGALES, Ariz. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says he's seen no sign of terrorist efforts to cross the U-S-Mexico border.
Speaking in Nogales, Arizona, yesterday, Ridge said the United States is not going to start militarizing the border.
Ridge says nothing from intelligence reports has suggested that terrorists have tried to cross the border...
Now, go read up on all that chatter about terrorists coming over the border and decide whether Ridge is telling the truth or not...
The longer version of the AP report is titled "South African Woman Pleads Guilty In Altered Passport Case". It concentrates on the matter discussed here and includes Ridge's comments. It contains this priceless quote from Ridge:
"We have a long tradition with our friends to the north and south. We're very fortunate that we've never had to assign military to our borders, and we're not going to start that now"
Ridge's remarks are unhistorical both specifically and in the general context. Surely, no one could forget Texas, or the Alamo (except Bush that is), or the Mexican-American war, or Pancho Villa? Specifically, see the PDF linked to from here. On Page 2 we find the following discussion of events just before the U.S. entered World War I:
German agents also sought to generate ill-will towards the United States among Mexicans and Mexicans resident in the United States.  As part of this effort, Germany encouraged Pancho Villa's actions against the United States.  There were other raids and acts of sabotage into the United States from Mexico both before and after Villa's spectacular night raid on Columbus for which no direct evidence of German involvement exists - however, on at least one of those sabotage raids, American authorities took prisoners that included a Japanese saboteur and Mexican soldiers apparently operating under orders from the Carranza government. 
In the short-term, these border skirmishes did what the German government had hoped. The Army assigned half the mobile armed forces in the continental U.S. to guard the South Texas border.  A total of 184,000 soldiers, in Regular Army and National Guard  units from every state but Nevada, were moved to the border to prevent further intrusions, consuming equipment and ammunition. 
Did Ridge not know this, or did he just choose to forget it?
That PDF also discusses the "Plan of San Diego", an early 1900s attempt by some Mexican officers at cleansing the Southwestern U.S. of "Anglos."