Judicial Watch, a legal group that regularly files lawsuits on behalf of conservative causes, claimed that the areas around Ciudad Juarez have become hotbeds of Middle Eastern militants bent on invading America. Last month, the group said it had proof that there was a training camp in Anapra, a community on the western end of Juarez.
"We know that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez, or they were within the last few weeks," Rep. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.) said in September on a rightist radio show. "And so there's no question that they have designs on trying to come into Arizona."
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) went further on another radio show: "Name your terrorist organization, they're coming in through the southern border."
Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Louis J. Barletta, the former mayor of Hazleton, made a similar allegation in a September congressional hearing. "Terrorist networks have been using our porous southern border and a broken immigration system to enter the United States," he said.
FBI and Homeland Security officials said they found no evidence that the reports were accurate. Despite the denials by U.S. officials these type of allegation increasingly has become a part of the misinformation on immigration.
Rosa Isela Valles, 57, who sells used clothing at a weekly street market, had her own view of the ISIS threats on the border. "Here there is the terrorism of hunger," Valles said, referring to the poverty. "The people are in need of basic necessities."