The racially-motivated terrorist attack that occurred in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday is another example of our growing toxic extremism. For 25 years, I have advocated for public safety and the right of every community to shop, play, work and worship in safety. Your race, religion, identity or background, should never compromise your sense of safety. As a member of Congress, I will waste no opportunity to work for change.
That is why I support the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 that will curb radicalization, combat extremist violence, and fight hate crimes. I support the creation of an interdepartmental task force between the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Justice, which will investigate and track white supremacist and neo-Nazi activities; intercept attacks on innocent people before they happen; and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.
Representative Ilhan Omar has called this “bad legislation.” I call this protecting our minority communities—communities Rep. Omar claims to represent. When I’m elected to Congress, I will offer my full support to Democrats and Republicans willing to reach across the aisle to pass the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 and protect our communities from rising forms of extremism.