Joint Chief Chairman: ISIS Infiltration of Southern Border “Immediate Threat”

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“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” warned Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe. [1] Inhofe’s sobering words reflect international developments with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Their brazen, barbaric acts have captured global attention. With ominous “we-are-in-your-state” messages targeting major cities like Washington DC and Chicago via Twitter, government officials are sounding the alarm about our porous borders and the grave threat they pose to our national security. Last Thursday at a Pentagon briefing, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed his utmost concern about the situation, claiming it as an “immediate threat.”

“[T]he immediacy is in the number of Europeans and other nationalities who have come to the region to become part of the ideology.

And those folks can go home at some point. It’s why I have conversations with my European colleagues about their southern flank of NATO, which I think is actually more threatened in the near term than we are.

Nevertheless, because of open borders and immigration issues, it’s an immediate threat.” [2]

ISIS’ lure is already taking hold in India, shocking the country’s intelligence agencies. Tufail Ahmad, director of the South Asia Studies Project for the Middle East Media Research Institute, told TheBlaze, “in the past year, a growing number of young Indian Muslim men [have] become supporters of the Islamic State.” He explained “at least 80 Indian Muslims appear to have left their country to fight alongside Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.” [3] What does this have to do with our border crisis? Everything, according to border patrol officials.

“‘There are spikes where we’ll see large groups of young men from India coming into the country through the border,’ said the DHS official, who has worked along the border.” [3]

While illegal immigrants claim to be fleeing severe religious and political persecution to gain asylum, there are those with sinister intentions, who purposely want to go unnoticed. Trying to decipher the difference between the two is the challenge, especially amid a border surge that’s overwhelming available manpower and resources. Border patrol agents confess it can be difficult “to determine the true intentions or even the precise nationality of the ‘OTMs,’ or ‘Other Than Mexicans.’” [3]

“We’re struggling to determine who is really who and we’ve released so many, we don’t know if there are a number of terrorists or future terrorists among those we’ve caught, let alone those who’ve made it in without being spotted,” an ICE official told TheBlaze. “Just because somebody doesn’t show up as a terrorist on a watch list or with a criminal history doesn’t mean they aren’t one.” [3]

With 240,000-influx of non-minors coming into the US this year, some officials like Texas Governor Rick Perry fear that terrorists or terror groups have already taken advantage of the ill-supervised southern border.

“‘I think there is the obvious, great concern that — because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across — that individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be,’ he said during a conference on border security and immigration at the Heritage Foundation.” [4]

These disturbing facts should put any administration on edge. Unless the border is secured, America may be close to seeing beheadings in our own streets.