Statement on Chairman King’s Hearing

For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King's hearing on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” being held tomorrow:

“I believe this hearing would have been more useful had it taken a broader look at domestic terror and radicalization. As currently structured, however, I believe it sends the wrong message to the Muslim-American community. We need them to work with law enforcement to identify terrorist threats, not be afraid of them. We all need to work together to keep our nation and Americans safe, and we need everyone’s cooperation to do so. Targeting one segment of our population is not helpful to that objective.”

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