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Pentagon Throws Cold Water On Perry Claim ISIS Terrorists Could Have Crossed Into The U.S.

“I’ve seen no indication that they are coming across the border with Mexico.”

A Pentagon spokesman said Friday the Defense Department has seen “no indication” that terrorists from ISIS have crossed the border from Mexico in the United States.

“I’ve seen no indication that they are coming across the border with Mexico,” press decretary John Kirby said on CNN’s New Day Friday. “We have no information that leads us to believe that. That said, we do know they have aspirations to hit western targets and it’s something, as Secretary [Chuck] Hagel said yesterday, that we’ve got to take seriously and with have to try to be ready for it.”

The comments Kirby made on New Day were also blasted out to reporters by the Mexican Embassy, an apparent indication they agree with the Pentagon’s assessment.

Kirby’s comments came in response to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who asserted at a conservative think tank in a speech Thursday ISIS terrorists could have already crossed the border in the United States.

“Individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be, and I think it’s a very real possibility that they have already used that,” Perry said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation.

Perry added he didn’t have any “clear evidence” of that but said “common sense” implies it could have happened.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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