GOP Proposes Ban On Libyans Attending Flight Schools, Studying Nuclear Science In U.S.

September 8, 2014

In response to the Obama administration’s recent approval of a rule lifting a ban on Libyan nationals coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, work in plane maintenance or study nuclear science, House Republicans introduced legislation Monday aimed at ensuring the ban remains.  The ban on Libyans participating in these studies on American soil was put in place in 1983 amid terrorists incidents involving Libyans. In July, citing a “normalized” relations between Libya and the United States, the Obama administration approved a rule to lift the ban.  If the Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson signs the final rule, the ban will be officially lifted.  Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Oversight and Government Reform National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz are trying to prevent that from happening. “Libya is in chaos. Violent threats in the region continue to grow,” Chaffetz said in a statement Monday. “Even our embassy in Tripoli was evacuated due to militia violence close to the compound. Lifting the ban to allow Libyans to come to the U.S. to train in aviation and nuclear sciences is not only bad policy, but it threatens

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