web analytics
September 30, 2014 / 6 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Bill Introduced to Block U.S. Visas for Terrorists

It is incredible that we even need legislation to bar a terrorist from obtaining a visa to travel to New York and take his seat at the U.N. But we do, and unless this legislation is passed, Aboutalebi will waltz into the U.N.
U.S. citizen, one of the 52 held by Islamic revolutionaries during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981.

U.S. citizen, one of the 52 held by Islamic revolutionaries during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981.
Photo Credit: U.S. State Dept.

On Tuesday, April 1, Colorado congressman Doug Lamborn (R) introduced H.R. 4357 into the U.S. Congress. This proposed legislation is intended to prevent known terrorists from obtaining visas to enter the United States as ambassadors to the United Nations.

Yes, it is absurd that legislation needs to be passed to prevent such a farce. But unless this legislation is passed, the U.S. will allow one of the Iranians who took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and held 52 of our citizens captive for 444 days, to enter the U.S. and to travel to the U.N. in New York.

That is because the current president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hasan Rouhani, named Hamid Aboutalebi as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Aboutalebi is a member of the militant group The Muslim Students Followers of the Imam’s Line, which took the Americans hostage in Tehran.

On November 4, 1979, the Islamic revolutionaries scaled the walls of the American Embassy and occupied it to show their support for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and to express outrage that the deposed Shah of Iran had been admitted into the U.S. for cancer treatment. The revolutionaries wanted the Shah returned to Iran for a trial and, presumably, execution.

“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 in a statement released on April 2.

Aboutalebi is now downplaying his role in the group, claiming that he was “merely” a translator and negotiator during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, referred to in Iran as “Conquest of the American Spy Den.”

Lamborn’s proposed bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK1), is a companion bill to the senate version introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), S. 2195.

The bills which seek to prevent known terrorists from obtaining visas in order to enter the U.S., were sent to the Judiciary Committees of their respective houses.

Only 11 percent of all bills introduced make it out of committee, and only approximately three percent of all bills were enacted during 2011 – 2013, so expectations are not high that these bills will pass.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

15 Responses to “Bill Introduced to Block U.S. Visas for Terrorists”

  1. It’s wrong that the American present and his aides are not defending our American survivors who went thru this horrible hostage time. We aren’t taking of us.

  2. Cori LBere says:

    This needs to be taken one step deeper. No aid to any knowen countrys who aid or assit…I guess they forgot that is already Law…!

  3. Les Stockton says:

    This should be a no-brainer. Does there really need to be a law for this to happen? It should be common sense.

  4. they need 67 votes to override the Presidents VETO!! will the democrats STEP UP??

  5. Now theres a smart start this should have been done long agobut happy some one saw the light

  6. Lani Lowell says:

    YESTERDAY this should have been passed.

  7. Lani Lowell says:

    We are seriously lacking that in the US right now,or at least by our policy makers

  8. He will Probably be Elected President!!

  9. this should be a given..Why is this even an issue?

  10. There should be no discussion he is a terrorist no visa

  11. It is DISGUSTING that the US would allow known terrorists ( who hurt Americans) into the US, while denying visas to young Israelis who want to vacation here! This is insanity !!!

  12. Ronnie Pleet says:

    US denying Israelis visas but not known terrorists!!!

  13. Marvin Feil says:

    I cannot find any thing that would prevent the United States from refusing to admit a known terrorist, regardless of his/her destination. Did I miss something?

  14. Do not let him in. It's just asking for problems.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks to the UNGA, Sept. 29, 2014.
State Dept Press Corps Shapes US Response to Netanyahu’s UN Speech
Latest News Stories

The Zim Shanghai moored a short while ago at the Port of Los Angeles.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks to the UNGA, Sept. 29, 2014.

The blatantly hostile state department press corps belittled and mischaracterized Netanyahu’s UN speech.

Clean Up Ashkelon

Children help clean up Ashkelon in an event organized by the Jewish National Fund, as part of Clean up the World Day, on Sept. 29, 2014.

Anti-Semites have a message for Jews in the Diaspora, but some people just don't understand it.

Jews are becoming as safe in France as they are in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

Children were rushed to bomb shelters in the Jerusalem neighborhood when Arabs began throwing explosives at the neighborhood and at Jewish toddlers playing near their nursery schools.

Volkswagen tries to cleanse its Nazi-linked past.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed for a much deserved lunch in Midtown Manhattan with Sheldon Adelson, at Fresco by Scotto, accompanied by 30 security guards. Bibi had the veal chop.

Rabbi David Kushner’s Ford Explorer was torched next to the Rodef Sholom Synagogue in Atlantic City on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

How can Netanyahu say that Iran, which hangs innocents, is like ISIS, which beheads them?

More than 500 Jews now live in the City of David and Silwan Valley.

ZIM may not call on the Port of Oakland again, certainly not until the ILWU 10 has a contract and guarantees to unload ZIM ships. Other shipping companies wary of the port’s unreliability may also consider the same.

Dozens of Jewish graves and gravestones on the Mount of Olives were desecrated during Rosh HaShanna.

An intruder actually made it to the East Room of the White House earlier this month, much farther than previously reported.

The following is the speech delivered by PM Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly on September 29, 2014:

The new Jewish Temple will offer millions of pilgrims underground parking, according to a new plan that just received the endorsement of hundreds of supporters who put their money where their faith is.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks to the UNGA, Sept. 29, 2014.

The blatantly hostile state department press corps belittled and mischaracterized Netanyahu’s UN speech.

PLO executive committee member Saeb Erekat, pictured in Jerusalem on Dec. 30, 2010.

PLO member and PA spokesperson Saeb Erekat ridiculed state dept. spokesperson for Abbas criticism

Suicide bombing reported as new president of Afghanistan sworn in.

Israeli car pelted with rocks as it traveled on the road near Tekoa.

Thousands of people protested outside of the Metropolitan Opera for staging an anti-Semitic opera.

ISIS urged all Muslims to kill all non-Muslims, and referred to Kerry as an ‘uncircumcised old Geezer.’

British Muslims launch social media campaign against ISIS, called #NotInMyName.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/bill-introduced-to-block-u-s-visas-for-terrorists/2014/04/02/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: