More on National Security
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S.
Washington, DC – House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) today released the following statement:
“After listening to comments from President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, I have the following concerns:
Mr. Speaker, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States was the deadliest foreign attack on American soil in our Nation’s history.
Its impact has been immeasurable as evidenced by the fact that we are still grappling with the cultural and policy implications stemming from the events of that day.
And, 15 years on, most Americans continue to feel its searing emotional impact, particularly as the anniversary date approaches this Sunday.
Strengthening the security of the immigration and visa issuance process is a critical issue for all Americans.
As one who believes our Nation should be a beacon of freedom and liberty, I very much appreciate the need to effectively combat terrorism, while maintaining our commitment to core values.
Unfortunately, H.R. 5203, the “Visa Integrity and Security Act,” fails to honor those core values.
“For several reasons, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in opposing H.R. 3892, the ‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015.’
“Most importantly, our Committee is marking up this bill without holding a single hearing and without considering the serious diplomatic and foreign policy ramifications of our actions.
“Less than one year ago, our Committee marked up a bill expressing the sense of Congress that the Taliban ought to be designated a terrorist organization by the United States government.
“Mr. Speaker, as much as any member in this body, I appreciate the unique situation our Nation is in as we struggle to effectively combat terrorism, while adhering to our Nation’s commitment to freedom and liberty.
“I fully recognize and appreciate that the visa waiver bill before us today represents an effort to craft a more bipartisan response to recent terrorist incidents, particularly when compared to the seriously flawed refugee bill that this body voted on several weeks ago.
“Mr. Speaker, H.R. 4038, the so-called ‘American SAFE Act,’ purports to make us safer.
“But, as the Administration correctly observes, this measure ‘would provide no meaningful additional security for the American people.’
“Worse yet, it would effectively deny refugee status for Syrians and Iraqis who are themselves victims of terrorism in their homelands.
“H.R. 4038 is a terribly flawed and inhumane bill for many reasons.
“This hearing, which focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on the security of our Nation’s Refugee Admissions Program, has the potential to shed meaningful light on critical issues of interest to all Americans.
U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jr.(D-Mich.), Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member on the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, delivered the following statement today after the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion Monday evening upholding a Texas district court ruling against Department of Homeland Security immigration directives issued in November 2014.