Paul calls for Senate hearings in light of suspected terrorists arrested in Bowling Green

06/03/2011 02:52 PM

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, Rand Paul of Bowling Green, told reporters today that he wants answers as to why two Iraqi refugees — now accused of terrorist acts — got into the United States in the first place.

Paul said at a Bowling Green news conference that he wants Senate hearings for lawmakers to ask how Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, were able to come here. And he said he’s exploring a moratorium on student visas.

“We still think it’s a danger to our country to not be policing who’s coming into our country. We think that we’re still mis-directing our resources,” Paul said.

The two men are charged in a 23-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green on May 26. They were arrested and taken into federal custody May 27.

“We’re granting political asylum to people who’ve been part of the insurgence in a war with our soldiers in Iraq. We think there are a lot of questions,” Paul said.

- Video by Chris Bratton

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