Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Statement on Paris Attacks

November 17, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) has issued the following statement in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France:

"The attacks of this past week were more than a tragedy for the victims and their loved ones, they were an attack on our values, our freedoms, and our shared humanity.  The attacks in Paris have unquestionably hit close to home, but they also came on the heels of deadly ISIL attacks in Egypt, Beirut, and Baghdad.  They are all a stark reminder of the threat we continue to face.
"At this time one thing is clear; this is an unconventional war with an unconventional enemy that requires a multi-faceted, coordinated strategy on the part of not only the United States but hand in hand with our international partners.  As Congress returns to Washington this week, I look forward joining my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee to make sure our federal agencies have the tools necessary to prevent an attack on U.S. soil, and I encourage all Americans to do our part to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.
"Ultimately however, while the military and intelligence community continues their challenging task of rooting out terrorist activity, we all have a responsibility to not let these attacks shake the very American values ISIL seeks to destroy.  It is more important than ever to show the world that the U.S. will continue to stand as a beacon for liberty, tolerance, and hope."