Texas Top Cop: ISIS May Be Infiltrating Border [VIDEO]
Individuals have been captured from countries known to have a “terrorism presence".
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, which supervises the Texas Highway Patrol and State Troopers, warned Sunday at an annual Texas Border Coalition meeting that vulnerabilities at the southern border may leave Americans open to a possible terrorist attack.
“[I]ndividuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes,” McCraw stated over the weekend when asked if any suspected ISIS terrorists had yet infiltrated the border.
“We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari,” the director said, referring to two languages spoken in Afghanistan. “Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around.”
“But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are,” the director added. “So, we’re concerned about that.”
Earlier this year, the Texas DPS released adeclassified report citing terrorism and other national security threats as justification for increasing police and surveillance presence along the southern border.
The report, detailing the costs and effectiveness of former Governor Rick Perry’s “Operation Strong Safety” – which sent additional Texas Troopers to the Rio Grande Valley amid last year’s immigration surge – also revealed how people from countries with a “terrorism presence” had been encountered.