CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE ISSUES STATEMENT ON REP. KING’S HEARING ON “THE EXTENT OF RADICALIZATION IN THE AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY AND THAT COMMUNITY’S RESPONSE”
NATIONAL SECURITY IS ACHEIVABLE WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the hearing:
“Rather than targeting Muslims and other minority groups on the basis of stereotypes, the government should make greater use of empirical and verifiable evidence and technology to distinguish the innocent from known or suspected terrorists included on the terrorist watch list. The danger posed by modern terrorists is real, and Congress must understand the scope and nature of the threat and exercise its authorities to the utmost in overseeing the government’s response. Congress must hold our military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies accountable, and craft sensible legislation that enhances security while protecting the rights of innocent persons.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has been a champion of the strengthening our Nation’s homeland security, while at the same time advocating for the civil rights of all Americans. Legislation supported by Congresswoman Jackson Lee has increased the Department of Homeland Security’s Aviation Security Budget and protected the rights of passengers during TSA screening processes. Additionally, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee believes that our country is built upon the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which provide freedoms and rights to all Americans.
Commenting on the implications of today’s Homeland Security hearing, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee stated, “People who commit acts of domestic terrorism cannot be identified by any religious, ideological, ethnic, economic, educational, or social profile, and holding hearings that suggest otherwise is counterproductive to keeping America safe from real terrorist threats.”