[This item was originally posted on October 4, 2014.]
U.S. Border Security Council National Spokesman Steven J. LeBlanc kicked off a nationwide debate on the viability of our southern border and whether or not members of the vicious, barbaric terrorist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, are infiltrating America.
While attending an event at the Heritage Foundation on Capitol Hill, U.S. Border Security Council National Spokesman Steven J. LeBlanc asked one of only two questions taken by Texas Governor Rick Perry; “Is there a concern that members of ISIS might be using our southern border to get into the United States?” Governor Perry conceded that, “There’s the obvious great concern that, because of the condition of the border from the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across, that individuals from ISIS and other terrorist states could be — and I think there’s a very real possibility that they may have already used that,” Perry stated.
Only hours later, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a press conference of his own to warn citizens of the growing threat ISIS brings to America, stating ISIS is, “beyond anything that we’ve seen.” “Our members have been unrelenting when it comes to securing our southern border before anything else can be done on immigration,” states LeBlanc, “and Governor Perry agreed wholeheartedly.”
Since Thursday’s event, the national media has had a field day with the issue. “It’s about time people started talking about the real immigration problem, our southern border and our inability to secure it,” says LeBlanc. “The negligence by the Obama administration to satisfy their own objectives has put every American’s life in danger with our borders being insecure,” continued LeBlanc. “The U.S. Border Security Council and our members have been working hard on this issue for more than 8 years, and knowing how passionate our membership is, they won’t rest easily until our southern border is totally secure. Then and only then will there be a real conversation about immigration reform.”
To hear Sergeant LeBlanc address this issue directly with Governor Rick Perry, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUyu8V9cp_g.
[UPDATE: The YouTube link in the original article is broken. You can see the entire exchange on C-SPAN’s website: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4506874/governor-rick-perry-immigration-iraq-isil. Underneath the video pane are three buttons that take you directly to key points. The third button takes you to LeBlanc’s question and Governor Perry’s response at 28:10 on the video.]