Authorities Confirm ISIS Camp in Mexico-Reported as Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Mexican authorities have confirmed an ISIS camp located just south of El Paso, Texas, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

The Truth:

There’s no proof that there’s an ISIS camp in Mexico.

This isn’t the first time that the claim has been made, either.

Reports that ISIS fighters were being smuggled into the U.S. from a camp in Mexico first surfaced in September of 2014. The website Judicial Watch made the initial report, but the page later disappeared from the website.

At the time, a number of politicians and websites spread rumors of an ISIS camp located just south of El Paso. In a conference callwith a conservative non-profit group, U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said, “It is true that we know that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez, or they were within the last few weeks.”

Blog sites and publications repeated those claims, and the eRumor went viral.

U.S. defense officials shot down the reports and said there was “no credible information” that ISIS planned to attack the U.S., the Guardian reports.

Then, in a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing held in September of 2014, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Jennifer Lasley addressed the claim:

“To date, we have not had credible reporting that either Hezbollah or any other terrorist group has been taking advantage of our borders to move individuals in an out. It’s something we are always looking for, but to date, we have not seen credible evidence of that.”

Claims about the ISIS camp in Mexico faded away, and nothing ever came of it.

Then, the exact same eRumor re-surfaced in April of 2015. Again, Judicial Watch reported that ISIS was camped in Mexico. Citing unnamed sources, the report said ISIS fighters were being shuttled into the U.S. by Mexican human traffickers.

The report included a photo of a desert encampment. However, the photo doesn’t show an ISIS camp. The photo was taken in 2010, years before ISIS was formed. It shows a pre-school in Benito Juarez, Mexico.

There’s currently no evidence that there’s an ISIS camp in Mexico, or that ISIS fighters are being smuggled into the U.S., so we are reporting this story as fiction. Any future updates will be posted here.

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Collected on: 04/15/2015

ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm