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Rubio, Cotton, Colleagues Demand Biden Deny Visa to Iran’s President

Aug 3, 2022 | Press Releases

The Iranian regime actively funds terrorism across the Middle East, plotted to assassinate senior American officials, and attempted to kidnap American citizens on U.S. soil. Yet, the Biden Administration is considering granting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and his delegation, visas to enter the United States to attend the September United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, where he will undoubtedly use the forum to criticize our country. 
 

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he deny the visas.

  • “Raisi’s involvement in mass murder and the Iranian regime’s campaign to assassinate U.S. officials on American soil make allowing Raisi and his henchmen to enter our country an inexcusable threat to national security,” the senators wrote.

  • “If recent reports are true that Raisi plans to attend the UN General Assembly, the White House must deny Raisi and other Iranian officials visas to attend.  Allowing Raisi to travel to the United States—while his agents actively work to assassinate senior American officials on U.S. soil—would gravely endanger our national security, given the likely presence of IRGC agents in the Iranian delegation,” the senators continued.

 
The letter follows last year’s successful effort to deny President Raisi’s in-person attendance at the 2021 UNGA. 
 
Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) also signed the letter. 
 
Want more? Read the full letter here.