Aside from this being a deeply unnerving development, this has the potential to completely scramble the political thinking in this country regarding immigration reform and border security.
A report from Fox News reporter Jana Winter filed on Friday indicates that Islamic State fighters are eyeing the porous U.S.-Mexico border as a potential area in which aspiring jihadists can infiltrate the country and prepare terrorist attacks.
Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.
“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety “situational awareness” bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com.
The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” was released to law enforcement on Thursday.
In related news, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday that the number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border had dropped precipitously. When asked if the crisis on the border was over, Earnest said it was. “For now,” he added.
There are currently no credible and specific threats to targets inside the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Friday. That is going to come as cold comfort to American news consumers. On Friday alone, the United Kingdom increased its terror threat warning and reporters uncovered a laptop captured in Syria which details efforts to manufacture and disperse biological agents as part of a mass casualty attack.
A release on the threat via Judicial Watch provides reason to be concerned though not paralyzed with fear by the increased chatter which regularly precedes the anniversary of the September 11th attacks:
The administration has also covered up, or at the very least downplayed, a serious epidemic of crime along the Mexican border even as heavily armed drug cartels have taken over portions of the region. Judicial Watch has reported that the U.S. Border Patrol actually ordered officers to avoid the most crime-infested stretches because they’re “too dangerous” and patrolling them could result in an “international incident” of cross border shooting. In the meantime, who could forget the famous words of Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; the southern border is “as secure as it has ever been.”
The news comes as reports indicate a long-awaited executive order from the president which would extend legal status to millions of illegal residents may be put on hold until after the midterm elections. On its face, this makes little sense. Why would the president want to delay executive action until after he has lost the majority of his political capital in the increasingly likely event his party loses control of the Senate? In the light of this development, however, the context of the president’s decision to delay a major move on immigration decision becomes clearer.