Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Thursday August 21st, that there’s a ‘very real possibility‘ that Islamic extremists have infiltrated the United States through its “porous” 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 [coming in],’ Perry told attendees of a Washington, D.C. event.
And while he admitted that ‘we have no clear evidence of that,’ Perry said ‘your common sense tells you’ that it may have happened given how many criminals from other countries have crossed border illegally.
‘I’m talking about the assaults, the rapes, the murders by individuals who have come into this country illegally over the last five years.
‘The idea that they would not be looking at and managing any of those types of attacks from that region is not a good place to be,’ he added.
The Republican governor told the National Review Online that people from countries known for terrorism are crossing over to border in greater numbers, and it is a cause for concern.
‘We know that there are individuals from countries that have terrorist ties that are being apprehended and we had reports of record high numbers of those individuals who were coming in back in the summer,’ he said.
The embattled Texas governor dropped by the nation’s capitol on Thursday to speak at the Heritage Foundation on the immigration crisis.
But the likely 2016 presidential candidate hit on other topics as well, including the conflict in Iraq.
His remarks on the subject gave way to questions about jihadists permeating the United States through it’s border with Mexico, which is also the Texas border, and his opinion on how the U.S. should be handling the Islamic State.
‘They need to be eliminated,’ they need to be eliminated now,’ he said of the terrorist organization.
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