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Reminder: ISIS Camps Are in Mexico Just A Few Miles from U.S. Border

With the events in Texas yesterday, and given that one of the terrorist suspects linked himself to ISIS just before the attack, it’s well worth revisiting the report from Judicial Watch a few weeks ago that ISIS has a camp set up roughly eight miles from El Paso, Texas. There is also another cell near Ciudad Juarez that targets two towns in New Mexico “for easy access to the United States,” according to their sources, who include a Mexican Army field grade officer and Mexican Federal Police inspector.

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During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1stArmored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation. […]

According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

According to the Judicial Watch report, ISIS in Mexico is also conducting surveillance of “regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.”

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While the report is certainly disconcerting, it’s not the least bit surprising. Lawmakers, pundits, and citizens alike have long known our porous Southwest border is an easy target for terrorists and other criminals to enter the United States. Perhaps that’s why 63 percent of likely voters believe the U.S. military should be at the Mexico border to prevent illegal immigration, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Only 26 percent disagree.

One thing is clear: the longer we wait to get serious about enforcing our immigration laws and beefing up border security, the greater risk we face of seeing terror attacks becoming the new normal.

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