Chuck Grassley still pushing for answers on Homeland Security’s alleged terrorist ‘hands off’ list

Monday, May 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

MAY 12, 2014

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, is still waiting for answers from the Obama administration about an alleged terrorist “hands off” list that might be allowing individuals with potential terrorist ties into the United States.

Grassley last Tuesday released internal Department of Homeland Security emails between two immigration officials discussing the alleged list and an individual who the Department of Homeland Security may have admitted to the United States as a result.

The Iowa Republican first inquired about the alleged “hands off” list on Feb. 3 after obtaining the internal emails. R. Gil Kerlikowske, the commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency, which falls under DHS, wrote Grassley a letter dated April 10 laying out the department’s travel and immigration policies for suspected terrorists in broad terms. He also said he would “be happy to” provide a more detailed briefing on the matter.

As of late Friday afternoon, Grassley’s spokeswoman Beth Levine told the Washington Examiner that the the agency has yet to agree to a time for the briefing.

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One of the emails Grassley released discusses an individual who has twice sued the Customs and Border Protection agency and notes that “he’s one of the several hands off passengers nationwide.”

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