Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of House Homeland Security Committee, is warning that the Sunni terrorist group taking over cities in Iraq is a danger not only in the region, but also to the United States.
The region, now being ruled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS], "is far surpassing what we saw before 9/11 in Afghanistan and Pakistan," McCaul said Sunday on "Face the Nation."
"This is a major threat to not only the region and Iraq, but also to the security of the American people on American soil," McCaul said.
His words contradicted a fellow Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who earlier in the program said he doesn't see ISIS as a threat
to the United States, and urged less American intervention in the region.
Turning to the border crisis affecting his own state, McCaul blamed the current wave of unaccompanied and other immigrants from Central America on the Obama administration's failure to close the border while simultaneously sending out a message that those who successfully cross the border won't be deported.
"We have what's nothing less than refugee camps at Lackland Air Force Base," McCaul said. "I believe the failed border security strategy has resulted in this. I believe the message is, if you come to the United States you can stay. And that's encouraged this."
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