Terrifying incursion of U.S. border results from . . . Pokemon GO?

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Monday July 25th, 2016

Moltres, Zapdos ready to accept Obama's surrender.

I hope ISIS isn't reading this. If you want to cross the border into the United States, it's easy enough. Just grab a cell phone and download Pokemon GO, then play to your heart's content while you casually wander across the border. The worsr that can happen under the Obama Administration is that they'll call your mother, since they're certainly not going to treat you differently because you adhere to radical Islam. That would be discriminatory.

These two set the standard:

Two youths unaware of their surroundings when they were playing Pokemon GO on their cell phones made an illegal border crossing this week from Canada into the United States in a remote part of Montana, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.

The two, who were not identified, were found by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Thursday, with their attention affixed to their phones as they were trying to hunt down cartoon characters on a journey that took them over the border.

"Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon GO games that they lost track of where they were," said Michael Rappold, a spokesman for the agency.

The two were reunited with their mothers at a nearby border patrol station, the agency said.

Kudos to the border patrol for stopping them - and for not overreacting to what was clearly not any kind of threat - but it does indicate that the border is awfully porous, does it not? If a couple of kids not even paying attention can wander across the border, even if only for a brief time, what can someone do after spending some time surveilling it and developing an actual plan for making it across successfully?

As for the Pokemon GO phenomenon, my thought for the most part is that it's people enjoying themselves, and there's really no need for the rest of us who don't get into playing the game to heap abuse on them. I'm sure there are thing I like to do that some of you think are silly. There are much worse things young people could be doing than playing this game.

But kids, you might want to pay a little more attention! Fortunately those U.S. border patrol guards are understanding. You wander into, say, the headquarters of the mafia? They might not just reunite you with your mother. Unless her name is Carmella and she cans her own tomatoes.

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