McCaul: U.S. Must Stand Behind People of Iran

Jan 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement in support of the Iranian people’s protests for freedom.

Congressman McCaul: “The recent demonstrations across Iran and the regime’s deadly crackdown simultaneously highlight the Iranian people's thirst for freedom, as well as the desperate measures the hardliners will take to cling to power. These events further reveal that the Obama Administration’s extremely flawed and dangerous Iran nuclear deal has not altered the behavior of their government, which has always been more focused on fueling terror in the region through a ‘Shia Crescent’ at the expense of its own citizens’ wellbeing.

“This dangerous dictatorship has once again proven that it cannot be trusted. We must promote peace and freedom in Iran and I applaud Ambassador Haley’s emphatic calls for an emergency session of the UN Security Council and special session of the UN Human Rights Council to address the dynamic situation. Further, I will be introducing legislation soon to sanction Iranian officials and other entities responsible for human rights abuses and hostage taking.

“The United States must stand behind the people of Iran, who no longer want to live as subjects to a corrupt, terror-supporting, backwards regime.”