On Sunday evening, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi embarked on his journey to the United Nations General Assembly. As reported by Iranian state-controlled media, he departed from Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport.
A sanctioned Meraj Air flight has landed in New York carrying a sanctioned president of the Islamic Republic Ebrahim Raisi who is complicit in crimes against humanity in Iran and whose regime is trying to assassinate Americans. Raisi will be protected by the U.S. Secret Service, funded by American taxpayers.
His trip to address the United Nations General Assembly coincides with a $6 billion dollar payout for prisoner-swapping between Iran and the United States. Where 7 Americans are being exchanged with 5 Iranian prisoners.
While this is not being widely discussed in the press, we think it is important to note that Raisi has threatened the lives of Americans, and his human rights abuses in Iran are well documented.
According to Newsweek, Raisi issued severe threats against former President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and various other officials. The Department of Justice disclosed charges against a member of Iran's terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who was involved in a plot to assassinate former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
The critical question Americans must raise is why a sanctioned individual is granted access to American soil. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have introduced the Strengthening Entry Visa Enforcement and Restrictions Act of 2022 (SEVER Act), underscoring the urgency of this issue. This legislation's primary objective was to bar individuals like Raisi from entering the United States, establishing a precedent for future cases.
The bill specifically targets Iranian officials who have faced sanctions due to their exceedingly close ties to the Ayatollah. Its foremost aim is to close the existing loopholes that were exploited during the Biden administration, ensuring that such exceptions are not repeated by any future presidents. Despite its presentation, this crucial bill remains unvoted upon, leaving the Biden administration the authority to admit individuals with documented records of human rights abuses and concerning activities into the United States.
Question for our readers: Should Biden revoke his policy of allowing known terrorists entry into the US even though they will be speaking at the United Nations?
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