If you live in Texas, ISIS might be a real threat--at least according to Gov. Rick Perry.
At an immigration forum in Washington on Thursday, and in a subsequent statement shot out by his federal political action committee, RickPAC, Perry stated that people affiliated with the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have already capitalized on the United States' loosely-secured southern border with Mexico, using it to enter US soil.
In language reminiscent of wartime jargon, Perry said there is no way of knowing exactly who is "penetrating" Texas because of the current state of border security. Hence why Perry last month ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border as a "force multiplier" to support state and local law enforcement officers.
While Perry conceded there's no evidence of the terrorist group ISIS infiltrating the country via the Texas-Mexico border, he used news of the recent brutal execution of American photojournalist James Foley as reason to warn Americans. "The recent murder of an American photojournalist confirms the threat we face," Perry said in his statement. "We must confront this cancer before it spreads to America if it hasn't already."
In his remarks before the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation, Perry said, "We have no clear evidence of that but your common sense tells you when we've seen the number of criminal activities that have occurred -- and 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 [the border] ... is not a good place to be."
Considering Perry's still acting like potential 2016 presidential candidate, it's likely he used the immigration event at the conservative think tank as an opportunity to talk about a larger scale foreign policy agenda regarding Iraq and Syria. Let's hope a President Perry would insist on "clear evidence" before sounding the alarm.
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