The Department of Homeland Security has countered warnings that terrorists from the Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIS, will cross America’s southern border.
“There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border,” Homeland Security officials declared in a written statement, according to The New York Times.
ISIL is an alternative name for ISIS.
Democrats are attempting to spin the warnings issued last month by government insiders. In AugustJudicial Watch cited high-level sources in the federal government stating ISIS would cross the border “very soon” and launch attacks.
At the same time Judicial Watch released its report, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a situational awareness report stating ISIS has expressed an interest in crossing the border.
“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” the bulletin warned. It also stated at the time there was no known or credible homeland security threats present on the border.
Fears of potential terrorist activity along the porous border is not new. “We are seeing a pattern of terrorist suspects exploring opportunities to get hold of Mexican passports and documents and infiltrating into the U.S. through Mexico,” Magnus Ranstorp, director of the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, told The Los Angeles Times in 2004.
Democrats insist the border is not open to terrorists despite the fact thousands of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers cross the border on a weekly basis.
“There’s a longstanding history in this country of projecting whatever fears we have onto the border,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from Texas, told the Times. “In the absence of understanding the border, they insert their fears. Before it was Iran and Al Qaeda. Now it’s ISIS. They just reach the conclusion that invasion is imminent, and it never is.”