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Sen. Cruz Introduces the SEVER Act to Ban Iranian President Raisi from Entering the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined by Sens. Cotton (R-Ark.), Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Ernst (R-Iowa), Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Rubio (R-Fla.), today introduced the Strengthening Entry Visa Enforcement and Restrictions Act of 2022 (SEVER Act) to prevent Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi from entering the United States to attend the upcoming opening session of the United Nations General Assembly.

About the bill, Sen. Cruz said:

“Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi would already be excluded from entering the United States for the U.N. General Assembly if President Biden and his administration were enforcing existing statutes in good faith. Raisi has a record of terrorist activities, including his advocacy for the assassination of President Trump and other U.S. officials. He is also listed by the State Department as ineligible for entering the United States because of mass atrocities he committed. Nevertheless, the Biden administration seems set on circumventing these restrictions.

“The SEVER Act will deny entry to Raisi and the few dozen individuals who are hand-picked by the Ayatollah to repress the Iranian people and pose threats to American national security, to ensure they cannot get into the United States. It is well within the rights of the United States to deny them entry, and we absolutely should.”

Read the bill here


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