Following Continued Advocacy by Rose, State Department Designates Foreign White Supremacist Group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization for First Time in History


Following continued leadership by Congressman Max Rose, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, in highlighting the threats posed by foreign, violent white supremacist groups and the need to designate them as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs), the U.S. Department of State today designated a foreign white supremacist group, the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), along with three of its leaders, as a FTO for the first time in history.

“As Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Congressman Max Rose has been the leading voice in calling for violent foreign white supremacists to be labeled as the terrorists that they are,” said a spokesperson for Rose, who is currently deployed with the National Guard to help with Staten Island’s coronavirus response. “Congressman Rose has continued to publicly make the case that making such an historic designation was merited, necessary, and justified. Today’s decision validates that work—but this is only a first step. The threats these groups pose are real, global in nature, and this designation gives our law enforcement the tools necessary to protect our homeland. Congressman Rose will continue his bipartisan work to combat terrorism and keep our nation safe.”

Last month, following reports that State Department was preparing such a designation, Rose issued a statement saying, “I’ve been leading the fight to treat violent white supremacist groups for what they are: foreign terrorist organizations. I’m hopeful the Administration will follow through and make this designation official because the people on the front lines deserve every tool possible to protect the American people from terrorists. This is about focusing on the threats of today and tomorrow, not just today and yesterday.”

Rose’s bipartisan resolution, which he introduced last month, recognizes the global threat transnational white supremacist extremism presents to America and urges the U.S. Department of State to designate qualifying violent foreign white supremacist groups as FTOs. Rose’s resolution follows a letter he led with 40 Members of Congress to the Secretary of State requesting answers as to why white supremacist extremist groups are not included on the list of FTOs.

In a recent hearing chaired by Rose, Administration officials testified that that neo-Nazi organizations pose significant threats and FTO designation would give more tools to law enforcement to protect from those threats. Last month, the House Committee on Homeland Security unanimously advanced Rose’s Transnational White Supremacist Extremism Review Act, which would direct the Department of Homeland Security to develop and disseminate a terrorist threat assessment of foreign violent white supremacist extremist groups.

Rose, the first Jewish Member of Congress from Staten Island, penned a column in the New York Times earlier this year with former FBI agent Ali Soufan on the threats posed by transnational violent white supremacist groups interconnected through networks here at home and across the world.

Disclaimer: This message was sent out by Rep. Max Rose’s congressional staff. The Congressman is currently away from the office while serving on active duty order with the New York Army National Guard. The use of Rose’s military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the New York Army National Guard or the Department of Defense.