Jun. 19, 2019
Originally published under the title “What to Make of a Report on ISIS Plans to Breach the U.S.-Mexico Border? An Interview with the Author.”
On June 3, Homeland Security Today carried a story that pinched a raw nerve at the vortex of America’s culture wars about mass illegal migration, a border wall, and President Donald Trump.
A captured ISIS operative still in Rojava, Syria, told American researchers with the nonpartisan International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism(ICSVE) that ISIS recruited him and others to penetrate the U.S. southern border by infiltrating migration routes through Latin America and Mexico.
ICSVE Director and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine Anne Speckhard and ICSVE Research Director Ardian Shajkovci interviewed the operative on May 12 in Syria as part of a four-year ongoing project for which ICSVE has already recorded conversations with 169 ISIS defectors, returnees, and imprisoned cadres. They paused long enough from their work to write the article.