Four known Middle Eastern terrorists allegedly tried to sneak into the United States from Mexico on September 10.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) made this disclosure yesterday in a House hearing while was questioning Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about border security.
According to what Chaffetz told Johnson in the hearing, “There were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border, who were apprehended at two different stations, that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.”
Johnson was noncommital during the interchange with Chaffetz, first saying he was unaware of a specific case and then acknowledging that he heard unconfirmed reports to that effect.
As The Inquisitr previously chronicled, Texas Sheriff Gary Painter asserted that evidence of an ISIS infiltration has been found at the unsecured U.S.-Mexican border. According to separate report from Judicial Watch, ISIS may target the Fort Bliss military base in El Paso for a car bomb attack from nearby Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu also said last week that he believes that ISIS terrorists may have already penetrated the wide open southern U.S. border.
With the Border Patrol overwhelmed by a massive influx, illegal immigrants are coming across the southern border into Texas from 75 different countries and not just from Central America, a separate Inquisitr story revealed.
In a discussion with Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File last night, Chaffetz wondered if Homeland Security Secretary Johnson was oblivious or deceptive as to the lack of operational control and security by U.S. authorities at the border:
There are 466,000 people that have been captured crossing our borders over the last 351 days, yet by Homeland Security’s own numbers 157,000 people got away. And the people we did capture–they come from 143 different countries, 13 were from Syria, six were from Iraq, four were from Iran. We had four people with known ties from a Middle Eastern country captured having already crossed… our southern border in Texas… and [Johnson] doesn’t know the answer to that question?”
Added Chaffetz about the possibility of ISIS in America:
We have a porous border… every story on the news tonight is about ISIS. I’m worried about them actually coming to the United States and crossing that porous border and getting into the homeland.”
Chaffetz has represented Utah’s third congressional district since 2009.
The U.S. has sent thousands of troops around the world to protect the borders of other countries. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has ominously admitted that open borders and immigration provides an opportunity for ISIS terrorists to enter the country. In the meantime, whether it is in response to drug cartels, human traffickers, or alleged Middle Eastern terrorists, the Obama administration has been unwilling to send reinforcements to the U.S.-Mexican border to help the out-manned Border Patrol, although Texas Gov. Rick Perry on his own has deployed some National Guard units there.
Apart from Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s claims about Middle Eastern terrorists in America arrested at the border prior to the 9/11 anniversary, although there are certain legal issues with regard to domestic use of the armed forces, given the ISIS threat do you think it’s time for additional law enforcement and military resources to be stationed at our southern and northern borders?
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Added: “The union representing America’s immigration caseworkers warned Thursday of the ‘real and serious threat’ that Islamic State terrorists could gain entry to the United States, either by slipping through the southern U.S. border or exploiting ‘loose and lax’ visa policies. Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, issued the warning in a written statement. He’s the latest to raise alarm that the Islamic State may be planning to infiltrate the U.S., though top security officials have said they see no evidence of such a plot at this stage,” Fox News reported.