Governor Rick Perry tells the east coast media what Texans have heard for years, terrorists could be entering the U.S. along the Mexico border.

“There is the obvious great concern that because of the condition of the border – from the the standpoint of it not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across -- individuals from ISIS and other terrorists could be,” Perry told the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. Thursday.

“Just consider the events in Syria and Iraq, other places in the Middle East, they should have us thinking about the possibility of another terrorist attack in this country,” said Perry.

Perry was quick to say there is no clear evidence terrorists are crossing the border, but pointed to the number of violent crimes committed by illegal aliens.

“How many jihadists out there are carrying western passports?  What missions might ISIS have for them?” Perry asked.

The governor has events planned in New Hampshire Friday and Saturday, and is scheduled to make a return trip to Iowa next week.