Thanks to some leg work done by The Washington Times, rumors that there were four terrorists captured crossing the southern border can be confirmed. Â The men are Turks, and not members of ISIS or any related groups, but still claim to be members of a group classified as terrorist by the U.S. State Department.
The men initially claimed to be members of the Revolutionary Peopleâ€™s Liberation Party/Front, known by the acronym DHKP/C. The group is a Marxist insurgency that claimed credit for a 2013 suicide bomb attack on the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkeyâ€™s capital, last year.
What is interesting in today’s Washington Times piece detailing the men’s journey to America is the outline of how they got here: Istanbul to Paris to Mexico City where they were met by a man speaking Turkish, placed in a safe house and then smuggled over the border weeks later. Â Each man paid $8,000 to cross into the United States.
Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said the fact that avowed members of terrorist groups got into the U.S. shows itâ€™s possible to sneak across a porous border.
â€œThis incident proves what enforcement experts have always known, and that is there are existing networks in Mexico and Central America that have been set up and cultivated by a variety of terrorist organizations to enable them to move people into the United States illegally,â€ Ms. Vaughan said.
But, of course, that is not what the Obama Administration says:
While the individuals captured this time claim to be members of the Kurdish resistance and a group that is considered to be terrorist in nature, if the network to smuggle people over the border exists, there is nothing to stop members of ISIS or any other terrorist group from utilizing it.
The Turks’ intent coming to the United States was not clear, but two of them had been denied entry visas previously. Â They could show no clear intent to return to Turkey after visiting.