To Prevent Terrorists From Entering U.S. as U.N. Ambassadors
April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Last night, Congressman Lamborn introduced H.R. 4357, a House companion bill to S.2195 sponsored by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. This legislation would prevent those who are known terrorists from obtaining visas to enter the United States as ambassadors to the United Nations.
“America should not willingly accept into our country a diplomat who helped hold American diplomats hostage. Diplomatic immunity should not apply to terrorists. The only way terrorists should be allowed into our country is if they are coming to face justice. The President can already deny visas to diplomats for spying. Terrorist activities by diplomats, past or present, should be dealt with just as severely,” said Lamborn.
This week Iranian President Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations. A visa application for Aboutalebi has been filed and if it is approved, would allow him to enter the United States and travel to the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Aboutalebi is a member of the militant group The Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line that took 52 Americans hostage in Tehran. The hostage situation was a result of Iran’s Isalmic revolution and lasted from 1979 to 1981. Although Aboutalebi is downplaying his role in the group, his photo is still on the group’s official website that celebrates the hostage situation.
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