DHS Internal Doc Reveals Plans to Lift Longstanding Libyan Ban

Oct 24, 2013

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) have obtained an internal Department of Homeland Security draft final regulation prepared by the Obama Administration that would lift the longstanding prohibition on Libyans to come to the U.S. to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to seek study or training in nuclear science.  This draft final regulation could go into place without prior notice and comment.  The prohibition was put in place in the 1980s after the wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans.  The Administration justifies lifting this ban by claiming the United States’ relationship with Libya has been “normalized.” However, the terror threat continues and numerous news reports document recent terror-related stories coming from Libya. And just over a year ago the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was attacked, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  Below are statements from Chairman Goodlatte and Congressman Chaffetz on this draft final regulation.

Chairman Goodlatte: “It is shocking that the Obama Administration is turning a blind eye to real terrorist threats that exist in Libya today.  Just over a year ago, four Americans were killed in the pre-planned terrorist attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi.  We still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the Benghazi terrorist attacks and continue to face additional terrorist threats from Libya, yet the Obama Administration is preparing to lift a longstanding ban that protects Americans and our interests.  The Obama Administration should focus its attention on getting answers to the lingering questions surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attacks and ensure that Americans are kept safe and sound.”

Congressman Chaffetz:  “In the weeks and months leading up to the attacks in Benghazi, the Obama Administration ignored looming terrorist threats. It is unbelievable that this Administration would again put Americans in harm’s way by lifting a decades old security ban on a country that has become a hotbed of terrorist activity. We must work with the Libyans to build mutual trust that ensures safety and prosperity for both countries to enjoy.”

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