VIDEO RELEASE -- Chairman King: DHS, State Department Failed to Comply with Law in Granting Visa to Hani Nour Eldin, Member of Designated Terrorist Organization

Jul 25, 2012 Issues: Counterterrorism

Washington, D.C. – At a hearing this morning, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, pressed  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for further explanation on why a visa to visit the United States was granted last month to Hani Nour Eldin, a member of a designated foreign terrorist organization, Gama’a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group). 

Chairman King, who last month questioned Secretary Napolitano in a letter, pointed out today that the Immigration and Nationality Act requires that someone who belongs to a designated foreign terrorist organization must be granted a waiver from the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security (and Congress notified) prior to being granted a visa.  In the case of Eldin, who visited the White House, the National Security Council, and Congress, no such waiver was granted, despite Eldin professing his allegiance to Islamic Group on his own Facebook page.  As reflected in media reports, Eldin requested the transfer of the jailed leader of his terrorist group, Omar Abdel Rahman, to Egyptian custody.

King said: “It does not appear that either the letter or the spirit of the law was complied with.”

Click HERE to watch Chairman King question Secretary Napolitano:

Chairman King pressed Secretary Napolitano at a Committee hearing entitled “Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape.”

Click HERE to watch Chairman King’s opening statement at the hearing:

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