Fitzpatrick releases statement on Trump’s travel ban

Tom Waring, the Times

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-8th dist.) released the following statement following President Donald Trump’s executive order banning nationals of seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days:

“For a decade and a half, I served this country as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent supporting global counterterrorism efforts and working to keep our communities safe. When it came to this mission, we were focused on solutions, not engaging in partisan attacks or declaring a singular fix to a complicated issue. While we certainly need to enhance our current vetting process and significantly reform our immigration policies to make sure terrorists are not exploiting our nation’s proud tradition of freedom and acceptance, the president’s policy entirely misses the mark.

“The reality is, terrorism inspired by radicalism and hate is global in scope and, as such, requires a comprehensive response, not a purely regional focus. While serious actions are needed to protect our country, these must not be done in a way that singles out any specific nations or ethnicities. Terrorists have shown a propensity to simply change their tactics to exploit short-term fixes. It’s time we work together to address the root causes of these threats.”

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Fitzpatrick has been named to four subcommittees related to Congress’ efforts to address terrorism and cyber security.

On the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, he’s a member of the subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, along with the subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.

On the House Committee on Homeland Security, he’s a member of the subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Intelligence, along with the subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security.

    “I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my service to my community and country by playing a role on these crucial subcommittees,” Fitzpatrick said. “Whether it is defining a robust Middle East foreign policy and working with regional allies like Israel, or cracking down on hacking and supporting the advancement of American cybersecurity, I am ready to use my real-world experiences to keep American families safe from both ongoing and emerging threats.”

    During his 14-year career as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Fitzpatrick worked counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations, including as an Al-Qaeda interrogator in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

·         “There are few representatives in Congress whose professional experience prepared them as well as Brian’s. His new roles will give him the opportunity to help protect our nation and promote stability abroad—and I have no doubt he’ll be an asset to the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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