During a recent televised debate, Iowa Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress Staci Appel argued against her opponent’s suggestion of revoking passports of people who have “admitted they are part of terrorist organizations.”
Republican candidate David Young, who previously served as U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff, said he would call on the State Department to revoke the passports of admitted terrorists if he were elected to Congress.
“Our State Department has that authority,” he said. “Right now, they’re not doing it. They’re guising it under the gauge of religious freedom — that’s absurd to me.”
When Appel was asked what she would be “urging” on the same topic if she were elected, she said she “would not be urging we be taking away their passports.”
“I think we need to make sure that we work through the system and look through it on a very diligent basis,” she added.
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