Islamic State reportedly attempting to infiltrate United States through Southern Border
A captured ISIS fighter has revealed a chilling plot by the Islamic State to send terrorists through Mexico to cross the porous US Southern Border, accord to reports.
The disturbing confession from an apprehended Jihadist sheds light on how the terrorist group is intending to exploit the vulnerabilities of the border to infiltrate the United States through Mexico.
The plot reportedly includes using English speakers and westerners to take advantage of smuggling routes and target financial institutions.
Abu Henricki, a seized ISIS fighter with dual citizenship from Canada and Trinidad, has confessed that he was sought out by the terror group’s leadership to attack the US by traveling from a route starting in Central America.
The plot was revealed during a study by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and published in Homeland Security Today.
“ISIS has organized plots in Europe with returnees so it seems entirely plausible that they wanted to send guys out to attack,” Anne Speckhard, who co-conducted the study as the director of ICSVE and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, told Fox News.
“The issue that makes a North American attack harder is the travel is more difficult from Syria.
“So the idea that they would instead use people who were not known to their own governments as having joined ISIS might make it possible for them to board airplanes.”
According to The Blaze, Henricki admitted that ISIS wanted him to travel the route along with other Trinidadians according to the report.
“The plan came from someone from the New Jersey state of America,” Henricki said.
“I was going to take the boat from Puerto Rico into Mexico,” he explained.
“He was going to smuggle me in.”
Henricki says the plot involved financial targets that would plunge the U.S. into economic crisis.
He claims that he refused to participate in the plot and was imprisoned and tortured by the group, who also subjected his wife to psychological torture.
“ISIS has organized plots in Europe with returnees so it seems entirely plausible that they wanted to send guys out to attack,” said Anne Speckhard, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University.
Speckhard, who co-conducted the study, warned that although the plot Henricki identified was no longer active, it served as a warning about the porous southern border.
“This plot is likely dead as those who were pressured to join it are according to Abu Henricki now all dead and ISIS is in retreat as we know,” Speckhard said.
“That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t disregard that it was a plot,” she added.
“We should take thoughtful steps to prevent.”
As Neon Nettle previously reported, Border Patrol agents are reporting a huge increase in the number of migrants being apprehended at the US-Mexico border from non-Central or South American nations.
On Thursday, CBP revealed they captured over 500 African migrants illegally entering the US from Mexico in the last week, at just one section of the border.
Del Rio Sector officials say they have captured several large groups of migrants from the continent of Africa since May 30.
Officials report that there has been a surge in African migrant apprehensions after they adopted a strategy of making illegal border crossings in large numbers.
A group of 34 African migrants was caught on Wednesday after they crossed the border illegally near Eagle Pass, Texas.
“Del Rio Sector’s total apprehensions to date this year are in excess of 33,000, already more than double the total number of arrests made during the previous fiscal year,” sector officials reported.
“More than 27,000 of the individuals arrested this year, over 80 percent, are from approximately 38 countries other than Mexico.”