(September 10, 2014) Homeland Security: We can’t stop ISIS fromcoming into US
Homeland Security officials warned Wednesday they don’t have a full picture of the Americans and Europeans heading to Syria to train with ISIS and therefore can’t stop them from coming into the US.
“We don’t have a fulsome picture in all cases,” said Jennifer Lasley, a deputy undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security.
“It does concern us,” added Troy Miller, an acting assistant commissioner with US Customs and Border Protection.
House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) called the situation worrisome.
“You don’t know what you don’t know. We only have estimates of how many Westerners … are in ISIS ranks, and potentially thousands that we do not know who they are,” he said.
At issue is the rising threat of ISIS terrorists who have recruited Americans and Europeans to their jihadist cause and radicalized those fighters in Syria.