Rep. Salmon Urges President Obama to Revoke U.S. Passports of Known ISIS Members

Sep 8, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) issued the following statement after urging the President to take action under existing law to limit the ability of U.S. citizens who are known terrorists to infiltrate the United States on U.S. passports.

“As America faces a clear threat from ISIS fighters, I have called upon the President to act lawfully, under existing statutory and regulatory authority, to deprive U.S. citizens who have allied themselves with ISIS of the use of their passport.  This is a common-sense, non-controversial solution already authorized by our laws.

“This action would do nothing to change their status as American citizens or their protection under our laws.  What it would do is stop those who have proclaimed their intention to harm our nation by restricting them from traveling abroad or returning home under the protection of her flag.  I encourage the President to take this simple action as soon as possible to help us prevent a possible attack on our shores”

Last week, Representative Salmon sent a letter to President Obama asking him to take immediate action to limit the threat posed by ISIS to American shores.  A full copy of that letter can be found here.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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