It has been long-speculated the Islamic State takes advantage of our open southern border to bring terrorists from abroad into America. There have been confirming reports of this for months, but a recent admission by a captured member of the ISIS intelligence wing said the terrorist group is recruiting people to infiltrate from Central America and travel north through the unguarded corridors of our southern border.
What’s worse is his recruiter lives in New Jersey.
“The plan came from someone from the New Jersey state of America. I was going to take the boat from Puerto Rico into Mexico. He was going to smuggle me in,” said captured ISIS member Abu Henricki.
Their target is economic. They intend to try to crash the American economy through terrorism.
“They wanted to use these people (to attack inside the U.S.) because they were from these areas,” Henricki a group from Homeland Security Today, indicating that they were either from North America or were English speakers.
The experts at the think tank believe the plot has been foiled but remind Americans to remain diligent nonetheless.
It’s good that this report came out, but it’s irresponsible to state the threat is no longer a valid one. The Islamic State has always had two games – a long game and a short game. The short game has been greatly hampered by military victories over their strongholds in the Middle East, but the long game has always centered around terrorism from disparate sources across the globe. Considering the status of our southern border and the ease in which people are able to cross undetected, one foiled financial attack doesn’t mean their plans have been foiled.
One plan was exposed, a plan the ISIS member himself indicates wasn’t going very well. But what a low-level jihadist knows is infinitesimal compared to what he doesn’t know. It’s foolish to believe their goals of financial attacks were the only thing they had in mind. If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that they have infiltrated our southern border many, many times already and have intentions of conducting attacks of some sort that may be easier than a financial attack.
Infrastructure, landmarks, dense population centers – all are much easier than trying to hack the stock exchange or take down a bank.
“These accounts of the ‘ISIS undead’ reappearing in Western countries to mount attacks and plots to penetrate our borders are chilling indeed.” – Anne Speckhard
There are dozens of reasons to secure the southern border, but this may be the scariest. Word has spread. We’re not defending ourselves. Anyone with the means may enter. This must be fixed immediately.
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