The Mexican government has responded to Pundit Press concerning a report by Judicial Watch claiming that the Islamic State is operating a training camp eight miles south of El Paso, Texas and the U.S. border. Ariel Moutsatsos-Morales, Mexico's minister for press and public affairs, said his government "dismisses and categorically denies" the Judicial Watch report.
"The government of Mexico dismisses and categorically denies each of the statements made today by the organization Judicial Watch on the alleged presence of ISIS's operating cells throughout the border region, particularly at Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua-El Paso, Texas.
"The relevant authorities operating in the region have also confirmed the inexistence of these activities with their US counterparts, with whom they will continue to work closely and to exchange information at our common border," Morales said.
U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), who represents the El Paso area, also said the Judicial Watch report is false.
"Today I reached out to the Mexican government, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Northern Command.
"None of them have found any evidence, credible or otherwise, that Isis is in Juárez.
"As a member of the House Homeland Security committee in the 113th Congress, I asked the director of the FBI, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center and the Secretary of Homeland Security if there was currently any terrorist threat on the Southern border. They answered that there was not, nor had there ever been, any terrorist, terrorist plot, or terrorist organization that was able to exploit our border with Mexico.
"Beyond hurting our image nationally, these kinds of false stories could lead us to take our eye off real threats to the homeland. While we should always remain vigilant at our borders -- and we currently spend $18 billion a year to do so -- the greatest proven homeland threats have been at our airports and with homegrown terrorists radicalized over the internet. Not in El Paso, the country's safest city 4 years in a row," O'Rourke said.
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