BORDERLAND / VINCENT "ROCCO" VARGAS

AN UNFILTERED LOOK AT REAL STORIES FROM AMERICA’S SOUTHERN BORDER

Trailer: Borderland w Vincent "Rocco" Vargas

America’s southern border has become the epicenter of issues that will likely decide America’s next presidential election. On the IRONCLAD original, Borderland, audiences go beyond the politics to hear real stories shaping perceptions, policies, and communities on the U.S./Mexico border. 

Each week, special operations combat veteran, actor, writer, and veteran BORSTAR Agent Vincent “Rocco” Vargas sits down with guests to discuss a different issue — and new stories — that shape our understanding of the area and the people who live, work, and travel to the U.S./Mexico border. From cartel violence and human trafficking, to migrant rescue operations and new laws and policies, audiences get a unique look that goes beyond the headlines.

    Terrorists Entering the U.S. Undetected (with Former ICE Director Tom Homan )

    8.3K views June 24, 2024

    Today on Borderland, Vince discusses the current border and immigration policies with former border patrol agent and ICE Director, Tom Homan.

    Tom joined the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1984, later becoming a Border Patrol agent. He was then appointed by President Obama as Executive Associate Director of ICE in 2011. Finally, in 2017, he was appointed acting director of ICE by President Trump before retiring in June of 2018.

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    The Militarization of Drug Cartels (with Luis Chaparro) I IRONCLAD

    11.5K views June 17, 2024

    On today's Borderland, Vince talks to renowned journalist, Luis Chaparro.

    Luis is based on the U.S./Mexico border, and has over 15 years of experience in reporting on Mexican organized crime. He has extensively covered drug cartels, detailing their operations, leadership, and societal impact. He has interviewed fentanyl dealers and human smugglers, and his reporting also highlights the hardships faced by migrants traveling through Mexico, including encounters with human traffickers and corrupt officials.

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    The Terrorist Threat at the Southern Border (with Former CIA Targeter Sarah Adams )

    14.3K views June 10, 2024

    Today on Borderland, Vince discusses the terrorist threats at the Southern border with former CIA Intelligence Analyst and Targeter, Sarah Adams.

    From 2015-2017, Sarah served as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi. She also served overseas on behalf of the U.S. Government’s intelligence mission in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

    She is the co-author of The Benghazi Committee Report: Proposed Report of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi and the author of Benghazi: Know Thy Enemy.

    Today’s guest is Danitza “Dee” James.

    She was born in Sonora, Mexico, and moved to US at 15. She is a combat veteran, having served in Iraq on two combat tours. Today, she serves as Chief Executive Officer at Repatriate Our Patriots (ROP) a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding in the repatriation of deported veterans and preventing future deportations.

    You can learn more at https://www.repatriateourpatriots.org/

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    The Untold Stories of Deported U.S. Veterans I IRONCLAD

    1.7K views June 3, 2024

    On today's episode, Vince continues to dive deeper into the cases of deported veterans with guests Alex Murillo and Livier "Livvy" Lazaro.

    Alex Murillo, a Navy veteran and son of Mexican immigrants, was brought to the U.S. as a toddler and served two tours in Iraq as a jet mechanic. After returning home in 2000, he struggled with PTSD and civilian life, leading to a 2009 conviction for marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Deported to Mexico in 2011, he was separated from his family of four but was allowed to return to the U.S. in 2022. Now, he seeks to assist other deported veterans.

    Livier "Livvy" Lazaro, a first-generation Mexican American, joined the military at 17 and served as an Army Combat medic in Iraq during the 2003 invasion and again in 2007. She retired as Sergeant First Class after 20 years and became the first female Commander of VFW Post 7420 in San Diego. As part of the VFW, a nonprofit veterans service organization, Livvy played a key role in passing a national directive to help bring home deported veterans.

    Follow VFW Post 7420 at https://www.instagram.com/vfwpost7420/?hl=en

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    Why Are We Deporting Combat Veterans? I IRONCLAD

    5.8K views May 27, 2024

    Today’s is Danitza “Dee” James.

    She was born in Sonora, Mexico, and moved to US at 15. She is a combat veteran, having served in Iraq on two combat tours. Today, she serves as Chief Executive Officer at Repatriate Our Patriots (ROP) a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding in the repatriation of deported veterans and preventing future deportations.

    You can learn more at https://www.repatriateourpatriots.org/

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    The War on Fentanyl into America (with Special Agent Derek Maltz) I IRONCLAD

    14.7K views May 20, 2024

    On today's episode, Vince Vargas talks to retired DEA agent, Derek Maltz about the realities of the fentanyl epidemic in the United States.

    Derek was also the Special Agent in Charge of the DOJ, Special Operations Division (SOD) for almost 10 years before he left the federal government, and previously held the position as the Chief of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, the oldest and largest drug task force in America.

    Today, he is Executive Director at PenLink, which offers comprehensive solutions tailored for law enforcement, national security and defense sectors.

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    Wilderness Warfare: Militarized Cartels Hiding In America's Woods (with John Nores) I IRONCLAD

    137.7K views May 13, 2024

    Today on Borderland, Vince talks with former Game Warden John Nores about how Mexican drug cartels operate in America's forests and public lands.

    John served as a Game Warden for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for more than 25 years. He helped develop and lead the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), an elite tactical unit targeting cartel drug operations on California’s public lands and created the agency’s sniper capability.

    John's latest book, Hidden War, 2nd Edition, is out now: http://www.johnnores.com/hidden-war.html

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    Disclaimer -

    This video is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

    We do not glorify or promote illegal activities. Instead, our goal is to increase awareness about the challenges faced by law enforcement.

    Viewer discretion is advised. The discussions may include descriptions of practices and operations related to illegal activities that some viewers may find disturbing. All efforts have been made to present this information responsibly and with respect for all parties involved.

    No confidential or sensitive information is disclosed. All opinions expressed are based on current knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, and we strive to present all information as accurately as possible.

    Comments and discussions are welcome, but we ask viewers to engage respectfully and avoid promoting any illegal activities.

    Thank you for watching!
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    Who's Really Coming Across the Southern Border? Sheriff Mark Lamb Explains

    6.6K views May 6, 2024

    Today on Borderland, Vince sits down with the 24th Sheriff of Pinal County in Arizona, Mark Lamb. 

    He is also a candidate for the United States Senate.

    You can learn more about Mark Lamb at https://sherifflambforsenate.com/

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    The Real Story Behind ATF's Deadly Gunrunning Scandal 'Operation Fast & Furious' I IRONCLAD

    22.2K views April 29, 2024

    Today Vince takes a deep dive into the fast and furious gun-running scandal with guest Pete Forcelli.

    He is widely known as a whistleblower for the Operation Fast and Furious scandal and wrote the book ⁠The Deadly Path: How Operation Fast & Furious and Bad Lawyers Armed Mexican Cartels ⁠ Pete served for 15 years with the N.Y.P.D prior to joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where he retired as d Deputy Assistant Director.

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    Inside Mexico’s New Generation of Brutal Cartels I IRONCLAD

    44.2K views April 22, 2024

    Today's guest is Matthew Thomas, Chief Deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. Throughout his career, he has served in several specialty units—Detention, Patrol, Traffic, Training, the Police Academy, Motors, Narcotics, and Investigations.

    He is also the author of the book ⁠Interceptors: The Untold Fight Against the Mexican Cartels.⁠

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    The Darien Gap: Confronting Cartels, Earth's Deadliest Jungle, and Corruption I IRONCLAD

    9.4K views April 15, 2024

    Today's guest is investigative journalist and filmmaker Guillermo Galdos.

    Has spent the last 15 years making documentaries and producing exclusive news stories from Latin and South America - topics including human rights abuses, the drug trade, immigration and exposed police corruption and the human trafficking industry. He has personally experienced and documented the treacherous conditions migrants go through as they attempt to cross the dangerous Darien Gap from Colombia into Panama to eventually make it to the US Southern Border - an over 3,000-mile journey through Central America.

    You can watch his film "Drowning, kidnap and jaguars - travelling the deadly Darien Gap migrant route to the USA" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzdkmb5Zjas

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    The Border Crisis: Texas Razor Wire, Cartel Smuggling , Surge of Migrants I IRONCLAD

    25.8K views April 8, 2024

    On today's Borderland, Vince dives deeper into the current situation at the Southern Border by talking to two bordertown sheriffs. Both men previously appeared on an episode centered on Operation Lone Star (which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSE2M78_MHU ), but today's episode features previously unreleased portions of these conversations.

    Thaddeus Cleveland is the Sheriff for Terrell County, Texas.
    Prior to being elected, Sheriff Cleveland spent just over 26 years in the U.S. Border Patrol. He served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Advisor to U.S. Army North (ARNORTH) in support of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) assistance to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Humanitarian Crisis at the Southwest Border with Mexico.

    He also served six months alongside the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, Texas as the Border Patrol Staff Officer at the Texas Homeland Security Border Security Operations Center (BSOC) as the single point of contact between the BSOC, U.S. Border Patrol Sectors and U.S. Border Patrol in Washington, D.C.

    Leon Wilmot is the Sheriff of Yuma County, Arizona.

    He has worked in law enforcement since 1985.

    Some of his professional accomplishments as Chief Deputy include the restructuring of the Southwest Border Alliance drug task force to the newly formed Yuma County Narcotics Task Force. Sheriff Wilmot was also instrumental in overseeing the restructuring of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Posse and is currently working on a Mutual Aid Law Enforcement Agreement between Imperial County California and Yuma County.

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    So, What Country Has Better Immigration Policies Than the U.S. Then? I IRONCLAD

    14.7K views April 1, 2024

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    Worst Than You Think: INSIDE Mexico's Cartel Drug & Oil Trade And It's Getting Worse I IRONCLAD

    40K views March 25, 2024

    Mike Vigil is the former Chief of International Operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is also the author of ⁠DEAL⁠,⁠ ⁠⁠Metal Coffins: The Blood Alliance Cartel⁠, ⁠Narco Queen⁠, and ⁠The Land of Enchantment Cartel⁠.

    He is responsible for numerous multinational operations, the largest involving 36 countries, and was involved in the real-life story told in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico involving the murder of his friend Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.

    Today on Borderland, Vince and Mike discuss his career, going undercover in the early days of the cartel wars, his thoughts on the border crisis, and what it will take bring down the cartels.

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    Disclaimer -

    This video is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

    We do not glorify or promote illegal activities. Instead, our goal is to increase awareness about the challenges faced by law enforcement.

    Viewer discretion is advised. The discussions may include descriptions of practices and operations related to illegal activities that some viewers may find disturbing. All efforts have been made to present this information responsibly and with respect for all parties involved.

    No confidential or sensitive information is disclosed. All opinions expressed are based on current knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, and we strive to present all information as accurately as possible.

    Comments and discussions are welcome, but we ask viewers to engage respectfully and avoid promoting any illegal activities.

    Thank you for watching!
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    Why the World Needs to Pay Attention to Venezuela I IRONCLAD

    13.1K views March 18, 2024

    Today on Borderland, Vince talks with two asylum seekers who have escaped the authoritarian regime in Venezuela.
    Jorge Galicia is a Fund for American Studies research fellow, an attorney, and a TPUSA Sunshine Field Representative.

    Follow him on X: ⁠https://twitter.com/JorgeGalicia95⁠
    Andres Gilatre is a political activist, Outreach Fellow for the Venezuela Project and a Fund for American Studies research fellow.

    Follow him on X: ⁠https://twitter.com/andres7guilarte⁠

    You can see more about their work here: https://tfas.org/site/venezuelan-exiles-andres-guilarte-jorge-galicia/?utm_medium=301

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    The Rise of MS13 and Militarized Mexican Drug Cartels I IRONCLAD

    62.3K views March 11, 2024

    Today is the second in a two-part series on BORDERLAND, examining the MS13 gang and the massive crackdown taking place in El Salvador.

    Last week, we spoke with Alex Papadovassilakis and Steven Dudley of the organization InSight Crime, to talk about efforts to clear the country of gang violence, the 70,000 people who’ve been arrested, and the mega prisons that are housing them.

    This week, we do a deep dive into the origins of the notorious street gang and how they differ from Mexican cartels.
    The fentanyl crisis, what is tranq (as well as how it became such a massive and dangerous problem in areas known for street drugs), how these drugs are coming into the country, and what can be done to stop it.

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    Inside El Salvador's Mega Prisons, Gang Violence & Organized Crime Crackdown I IRONCLAD

    17.6K views March 7, 2024

    Today is the first in a two-part series on BORDERLAND, examining the MS13 gang and the massive crackdown taking place in El Salvador. This week, we talk with Alex Papadovassilakis and Steven Dudley of the organization InSight Crime, to talk about efforts to clear the country of gang violence, the 70,000 people who’ve been arrested, and the mega prisons that are housing them. Next week, we do a deep dive into the origins of the notorious street gang and how they differ from Mexican cartels.

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    Cartels, Fentanyl, and Smuggling: The Dangerous World of Border Trafficking (with Jaeson Jones)

    76.5K views February 29, 2024

    Today on Borderland, Vince sits down with cartel and border security expert and Newsmax border correspondent, Jaeson Jones, who reveals the shocking situation on the Southern Border including the prevalence of drugs, human smuggling, and cartel violence.

    Jaeson is a retired Captain from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division and has supervised numerous Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations.

    You can follow him on X and see more his work @jaeson_jones

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    America's Immigration System Is BROKEN: Border Patrol Vet. & Advocate Debate

    5.9K views February 26, 2024

    Today on Borderland, BORSTAR vet. and host Vincent "Rocco" Vargas sits down with JJ Mulligan Sepulveda, an immigration attorney and author of the book "No Human Is Illegal: An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War". Hear two perspectives on the border crisis.

    Each week on Borderland we bring different perspectives on the border crisis, immigration, and policy.

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    The Truth About Operation Lone Star - Borderland with Vincent “Rocco” Vargas

    13.5K views February 22, 2024

    Today on Borderland, Vincent “Rocco” Vargas hears multiple perspectives on Texas’ controversial “Operation Lone Star.” Longer conversations with these guests will be featured in episodes later this season. (NOTE: Several sensitive words have been bleeped in the YouTube version of this episode. Non-bleeped versions can be found on podcast platforms.)

    FEATURED GUESTS:

    Terrell County, Texas Sheriff Thaddeus Cleveland
    Author and immigration attorney J. J. Mulligan Sepulveda
    Change Agents host Andy Stumpf
    Yuma County Arizona Sheriff Leon N. Wilmot (Sheriff Wilmot’s and the National Sheriff’s “16 National Security initiatives” can be found here:
    https://www.sheriffs.org/sites/default/files/16%20NSA%20National%20Security%20Initiatives.pdf

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    Borderland with Vincent "Rocco" Vargas | Official Teaser Trailer | IRONCLAD

    3.1K views February 18, 2024

    The latest IRONCLAD Original podcast is coming.

    The first episode of Borderland, hosted by Vincent "Rocco" Vargas hits the YouTube channel and all major podcast platforms on Feb. 22.
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