Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement upon the House of Representatives' unanimous House passage of S. 2195, which prevents terrorists from entering the United States as United Nations ambassadors. Last month, Iran nominated Hamid Aboutalebi as its new ambassador to the U.N., which is headquartered in New York City. Aboutalebi was a member of the group that stormed the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 54 Americans hostage for 444 days.
"This appointment is a slap in the face to the United States and our allies, and yet comes as no surprise from the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism" said Congressman Roskam. "Accepting Mr. Aboutalebi's nomination to this post would be a tacit endorsement of his past terrorist activity, which should disqualify him from entering the United States and the privileges of diplomatic immunity granted to foreign dignitaries. I'm pleased with the strong showing of bipartisan support for this legislation, which I urge the President to sign without delay."
Congressman Roskam is a cosponsor of the House companion bill (H.R. 4357). The legislation, which passed unanimously in the Senate earlier this week, will now head to the President's desk for final approval.