Rep. Biedermann To Host Homeland Security Forum

January 18, 2017

Defend­ing Against Rad­i­cal Islam­ic Ter­ror­ism in Texas 

Austin, TX – (01/18/17) – To thor­ough­ly under­stand the crit­i­cal threat of rad­i­cal Islam­ic ter­ror­ism in Texas, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kyle Bie­der­mann is host­ing a Home­land Secu­ri­ty Forum with the aim of enact­ing poli­cies and leg­is­la­tion to bet­ter pro­tect Texas. 

The forum enti­tled, “Defend­ing Against Rad­i­cal Islam­ic Ter­ror­ism in Texas,” will focus on learn­ing about the threats of rad­i­cal Islam­ic ter­ror­ism and what Texas must do to bet­ter pre­pare defens­es against it. The forum will solic­it poli­cies and mech­a­nisms can can be used to accom­plish these goals to pro­tect Texas. 

“Bor­der secu­ri­ty, and keep­ing Texas strong and secure is my top pri­or­i­ty. In recent years we have seen over 100,000 ille­gal aliens from coun­tries oth­er than Mex­i­co cross­ing over our south­ern bor­der annu­al­ly. These ille­gals hailed from coun­tries out­side of Cen­tral Amer­i­ca, from places like Iraq, Iran, Syr­ia, Afghanistan, and Pak­istan. With the rise of rad­i­cal Islam­ic ter­ror­ism at home and through­out the world, home­land secu­ri­ty must be our top pri­or­i­ty. I am host­ing this forum to specif­i­cal­ly focus on the threats that rad­i­cal Islam­ic ter­ror­ism have on the State of Texas. We have a respon­si­bil­i­ty as Tex­ans to secure our bor­der and to pro­tect against the seri­ous, and grow­ing, threats of ter­ror­ism. I’m eager to work with my col­leagues in the Leg­is­la­ture to take swift action to ensure Texas is safe and secure for all our res­i­dents,” said State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kyle Biedermann.

Through­out the forum, experts from across the nation will speak on the dan­gers of rad­i­cal Islam­ic activ­i­ty in the state of Texas. More specif­i­cal­ly, its effects on Texas cit­i­zens and the his­to­ry under­ly­ing rad­i­cal Islam in the Unit­ed States and Texas will be dis­cussed. The role of Islam­ic groups with con­nec­tions to ter­ror­ists will also be at the fore­front in respect to these issues.

The pre­sen­ters will include sub­ject mat­ter experts Dr Zuh­di Jass­er, May­or Beth Van Duyne, and Karen Lugo, among oth­ers. Their vary­ing expe­ri­ences with rad­i­cal Islam range from a fol­low­er of Islam, a May­or who has com­bat­ted rad­i­cal Islam in her city, and a lawyer with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in Con­sti­tu­tion­al law as it relates to these issues. These pre­sen­ters will pro­vide insight as the 85th Texas Leg­is­la­ture seeks solu­tions to rad­i­cal Islam’s neg­a­tive impact on Texas citizens. 

The forum will be host­ed on Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 26, 2017 from 8:30AM — 10:30AM at the State Capi­tol Build­ing, Room E2.014, in Austin, TX. 



Kyle Bie­der­mann — Texas State Representative 

Dr. Zuh­di Jass­er — Pres­i­dent & Founder, Amer­i­can Islam­ic Forum for Democracy

Non­ie Dar­wish — Pres­i­dent & Founder, For­mer Mus­lims United

Chris Gaubatz — Vice Pres­i­dent, Under­stand­ing The Threat

Beth Van Duyne — May­or, Irv­ing, TX

Karen Lugo — Attor­ney at Law



Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 26, 2017

8:30AM — 10:30AM



Texas State Capi­tol Building

Room: E2.014

1100 Con­gress Ave

Austin, TX 78701


The forum is open to the press. For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Joe Bach­meier by email­ing [email protected].


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