Gov. Ducey wants major new spending on border security
Posted: Nov 23 2015 01:52PM MST
Updated: Nov 23 2015 05:28PM MST
It's a growing concern, the possibility of ISIS terrorists trying to sneak in through the southern border. But is the threat real? FOX 10 spoke with several state and federal leaders about it.
Government officials met in a hearing to discuss heroin flowing in from Mexico. They discussed a porous border, which also highlighted several terrorism concerns. Several officials say there's no evidence that Arizona is a magnet for terrorists.
"If you can get these things through our border, through our ports, you can certainly get other things through our border and ports," said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
In the past week, Arizona Border Patrol agents apprehended six men from Pakistan and Afghanistan at our border. Then agents took custody of two Syrian families in Texas.
"In light of the horrific terrorist attack in Paris, new threats from the United States, from ISIS in a video released last week, and recent apprehensions of middle eastern nationals near the southern border, one thing is for sure. It's time to step up our game," said Ducey.
Ducey has called for banning anymore refugees to come into Arizona. Federal authorities say there is no credible threat to the safety and security of the United States
"From what we saw with middle eastern people, they weren't caught at the border, they actually presented themselves at a port of entry and asked for protections. Lets not try to confuse it and say they were trying to sneak in illegally, they could technically be refugees, they presented themselves that way, but there will be a great deal of investigation to make sure whether or not that story is true," said Gil Kerlikowske with the US Customs and Border Protection.
Amid terrorism concerns, Donald Trump has also called for a database of U.S. Muslims. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake weighed in on the issue.
"When candidates talk about Muslim databases, it's incredibly damaging to the party, it ought to be offensive to all of us," said Sen. Jeff Flake.
"There are 3,500 members of the military that are of the Muslim faith, we should recognize that," said Sen. John McCain.
Sen. Flake is co-sponsoring a bill that would not allow Europeans who traveled to Iraq or Syria in the past five years to enter the United States without a visa. Currently, those people would need a passport, but not a traditional visa.