The director who oversees the Texas State Troopers says people from countries known to have a “terrorism presence” have already been caught on the Texas-Mexico border.
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, which supervises the Texas Highway Patrol and State Troopers, warned Sunday at an annual Texas Border Coalition meeting that vulnerabilities at the southern border may leave Americans open to a possible terrorist attack.
“[I]ndividuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes,” McCraw stated over the weekend when asked if any suspected ISIS terrorists had yet infiltrated the border.
“We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari,” the director said, referring to two languages spoken in Afghanistan. “Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around.”
“But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are,” the director added. “So, we’re concerned about that.”
Earlier this year, the Texas DPS released a declassified report citing terrorism and other national security threats as justification for increasing police and surveillance presence along the southern border.