During a House panel, the Department of Homeland Security was questioned about the possibility of known terrorists trying to make their way into the country by crossing the Mexican border, and one representative had a hard time answering the question.
During the hearing, Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson if he knew of any instances where people tied to Middle Eastern terrorist organizations had attempted to cross the Mexican border, but Johnson couldn’t really answer.
“Sitting here right now, no specific case comes to mind,” responded Johnson. “That doesn’t mean there is none." He later added, “Nor does that mean there is no investigation of one either.”
According to Breitbart, Chaffetz then proceeded to bring up one alleged incident in which four people with “ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East” were arrested on September 10th after attempting to cross the border into Texas twice.
“I’ve heard reports to that effect,” said Johnson. “I don’t know the accuracy of the reports or how much credence to give them, but I’ve heard reports to that effect.”
Johnson went on to acknowledge that he had expressed the same level of concern for this potential problem in the past. While it’s not exactly clear if four terrorist suspects were actually arrested trying to cross the border from Texas, but regardless, the issue is being widely discussed, especially since the conflict with Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS, started this summer.