Americans who have travelled to foreign countries to train and fight with terror groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) are not being barred from freely returning to America, where they post a substantial terror threat, according to a leading member of Congress.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) called on Congress to restrict travel and material support to Syria in a statement on Thursday morning.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) warned that the seizure of key Iraqi cities by a Muslim terrorist group is bringing the region “notably closer” to “establishing a caliphate that spans the northern sections of Syria and Iraq.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs ordered a Pittsburgh VA hospital to block attempts by two Congressmen to find out about hundreds of patients languishing on the hospital’s wait list, according to a CNN report.
The battle over a long-stalled, yet widely supported congressional effort to combat the persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East has pitted leading Republicans against one another and stirred outrage from advocacy groups who are frustrated that lawmakers are foiling efforts that could help stem the bloodshed.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) said Tuesday he is “deeply concerned” that DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart is being pressured to fall in line with the Obama administration’s political positions, despite conflicts with federal law.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) is calling on the Obama administration to send former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to South Sudan to help end mass ethnic violence.
A new bill would severely restrict Americans from traveling to Syria and would imprison violators for up to 20 years for breaching the restrictions.
The bill, authored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.), was authored in response to a large influx of foreign fighters in Syria, including at least 50 Americans who are suspected of training and colluding with terror groups in the region.