A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official confirmed to Congress Wednesday that militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), are planning to invade the United States via the southern border.
Francis Taylor, DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, said during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that ISIS supporters are plotting ways to invade the US border. When asked by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona about “recent reports on Twitter and Facebook of messages that would urge infiltration into the U.S. across our southern border,” Taylor replied:
“There have been Twitter, social media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility.”
Taylor added, “I’m satisfied we have the intelligence and capability on our border that would prevent that activity.”
McCain challenged his assertion, referring to videos released by conservative activist James O’Keefe crossing the border wearing an Osama bin Laden mask. When pressed by McCain as to why O’Keefe was not stopped, Taylor could not answer. “You can’t answer because they weren’t there to stop him,” McCain proclaimed.
The fact is there are thousands of people who are coming across our border who are undetected and not identified, and for you to sit there and tell me that we have the capability or now have the proper protections of our southwest border, particularly in light of the urgings over Facebook and Twitter [by ISIS] for people to come across our southwestern border, is a great concern to the citizens of my state.
Taylor conceded that more must be done to secure the southern border. “The security at the southwestern border is of great concern to the department and I certainly understand the concerns of the citizens of your state,” Taylor told McCain.
“If I gave you the impression I thought the border security was what it needed to be to protect against all the risks coming across the state that’s not what I meant to say.”
After Taylor’s statement to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, a DHS spokesperson told The Washington Free Beacon there there is no “credible evidence” that ISIS is trying to cross the border.
“There is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot by ISIL to attempt to cross the southern border.”
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