A Republican Arizona congressman says ISIS currently is or has operated on the U.S. border in the past couple weeks, appearing to cite a report that federal authorities have dismissed.
Rep. Trent Franks, appearing on E.W. Jackson's radio program over the weekend, appeared to cite a report from a conservative website that has been dismissed by federal law enforcement officials about ISIS operating in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on the border with El Paso, Texas.
"It is true, that we know that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez or they were within the last few weeks," Franks said. "So there's no question that they have designs on trying to come into Arizona. The comment that I've made is that if unaccompanied minors can cross the border then certainly trained terrorists probably can to. It is something that is real."
Franks appears to be referring to a report from the conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch, which reported ISIS was operating on the U.S. Mexican border.
A DHS spokesman said the Judicial Watch report was false, telling the Daily Mail, "We are aware of absolutely nothing credible to substantiate this claim."
A federal law enforcement source also told El Paso's ABC7 the claim in the story was "unverified and unlikely."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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