April 17, 2017

Senator Harris Returns from Trip to the Middle East

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, returned recently from a week-long trip to the Middle East, where she met with service members who are supporting local forces in the fight against ISIS, and other U.S. personnel in the region. Harris' first overseas trip as a Senator was focused on Iraq and Jordan.

While in Iraq, Harris spent time with service members from California, to discuss the challenges they face in the fight to defeat ISIS, and to ensure they have the support needed both on the ground and at home during and after their deployment.

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(Senator Harris with service members from California)

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(Senator Harris with service members from California)

In Jordan, Harris visited the Za'atari Refugee Camp and witnessed firsthand the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis under President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Since the war began, more than 11 million Syrians have been displaced, 5 million of whom have sought refuge outside of Syria.

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(Senator Harris meeting with a refugee family)

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(Senator Harris at the Za'atari Refugee Camp)

Senator Harris said, "I will continue to support our brave men and women as they work to counter ISIS and defend the security interests of the United States. It is critical we have a sound, detailed, and long-term national security strategy to combat terrorism in the Middle East, and an immigration policy that provides a safe haven to those fleeing violence and oppression."