The Texas director of the Department of Public Safety is concerned that ISIS fighters will infiltrate the U.S. through the Mexico border, and that those from countries with a “known terrorist presence” already have tried.
At the annual Texas Border Coalition meeting in Laredo last week, DPS Director Steven McCraw responded to a question by an audience member asking if any suspected ISIS members had been captured at the Texas/Mexican border.
McCraw responded: “Individuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes. We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari. Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around. But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are. So, we’re concerned about that.”
Laredo NBC affiliate KGNS reports: “McCraw added that the DPS also has a contingency plan involving increasing security at ports of entry, should violence spillover from Mexico. The DPS also works alongside Border Patrol watching the border through the use of about 5,000 motion-detection cameras on the border.”
As reported by Western Journalism, according to Judicial Watch ISIS is operating a training camp just south of the US/Mexican border, near El Paso, Texas. Sources, identified as a Mexican Army field grade officer and Mexican federal police inspector, told JW that the camp is about 8 miles south of the border, just west of Ciudad Juarez in an area called Anapra.
Additionally, Congressman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a member of the Armed Services Committee, told Fox News last October that at least 10 ISIS affiliated fighters were caught trying to cross the border into Texas, according to his source in the Border Patrol. The Obama Administration has denied that any known terrorists have been apprehended coming across the US/Mexican border.