Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement Joining Representatives Crowley and Murphy in Letter to Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC - (Tuesday, February 21, 2017) – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement as she signed onto the letter Representatives Crowley (D – NY) and Representative Murphy (D – Fl) are writing to the Department of Homeland Security [DHS], the Department of Justice [DOJ], and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to the recent threat on 11 Jewish Community Centers across the nation:
“The 11 bomb threats called into Jewish Community Centers across the nation on Monday, February 20th are deeply concerning. Discriminatory tensions in our nation are alarming currently, and hateful actions like these must be condemned unequivocally and addressed swiftly.
Therefore, I am signing onto the letter my colleagues Representatives Stephanie Murphy and Joe Crowley have written calling on the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] Director to investigate these bomb threats. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice should be working on initiatives to combat the recent hate-speech in our nation, and the FBI should find the individuals who called in the bomb threats and punish them to the full extent of the law.
The Jewish Community Center close to home in Houston, Texas is a staple of community enhancement and I wish them and every Jewish Community Center calm and normalcy in this trying time.”