A total of 40 American ISIS fighters have already traveled back home to the United States, according to Representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat from New York. The lawmaker stated during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized American citizens who left the country to fight for the Islamic State have returned, and could likely poses a deadly or terrorist threat to the nation.
Tim Bishop’s ISIS speech went viral after being posted on YouTube late last week. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, approximately 100 to 200 Americans have flown to the Middle East to join ISIS.
“One of the concerns is the number of U.S. citizens who have left our country to go join up with ISIS. It is believed there have been some number up to 100 that have done that,” Representative Bishop said.
The ISIS fighters from America are under the surveillance of the FBI, according to Representative Bishop. The New Yorker’s peers from both sides of the political aisle have also voiced concerns that “radicalized ISIS fighters” could enter the United States via the porous southern border. Texas Governor Rick Perry has been complaining about a lack of federal attention to the Mexican border for several years. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, illegal immigrants from more than 75 countries are believed to have crossed into Texas during the past two years.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal agencies tasked with protecting the nation and its citizens, admit that the southern border does pose a risk, but feel that lone wolf attacks by ISIS believers are a more prominent threat.
“It is a very, very complex and very, very dangerous threat and I think the plan that the president outlined the other night is a good plan,” Representative Bishop added. “It is not yet a threat to the homeland, but there is a concern that it could metastasize in such a way that it could become a threat to the homeland.”
While some politicians feel that ISIS does not pose a clear and present danger to the United States, many Americans disagree. The porous southern border could offer easy access for small groups of ISIS terrorists to enter the country and carry out a terrorist attack on soft targets like Dr. William R. Forstchen outlined in his most recent bestseller, Day of Wrath.
Do you think the 40 American ISIS fighters could endanger lives in the United States? Should President Obama consider Texas border security a matter of national security?
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