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Sen. Franken Calls on Department of Justice to Address Terrorist Group ISIL’s Recruitment in Minnesota, Across Country

Also Calls on President to Develop Strategy to Address Growing Threat of ISIL in Syria

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to address recruitment efforts here at home by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the threat from Americans who may seek to reenter the country after fighting alongside ISIL in Syria.

In a letter, which you can read here, Sen. Franken said that the DOJ needs to take action to prevent Americans from taking up arms with ISIL and from reentering the country if they do. He said that resources should be targeted in places like Minnesota, where terrorism recruitment efforts may be happening at a higher rate. Sen. Franken also expressed concern that the President has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to addressing the growing threat of ISIL in Syria.

"The Justice Department should focus its resources and efforts in places where terrorism recruitment efforts may be happening at higher rates, such as Minnesota," wrote Sen. Franken in his letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. Later, he added, "In my experience, no one is more upset about young members of their communities going to fight alongside our enemies than are those communities themselves. Minnesotans of all backgrounds and faiths are committed to seeing this evil eradicated and justice being done."

You can download a copy of Sen. Franken's letter to the DOJ here.


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