Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. government to do more to help in the search for 276 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.
Schumer said the State Department should offer a reward for any information leading to the girls' return, and should give asylum to anyone who helps them escape.
He also said the U.S. should place anyone who harms the girls or tries to buy them for forced marriages or slavery on a terror watch list for associating with Boko Haram, the group behind the abduction.
"They're an evil terrorist group, the very kind of evil that we New Yorkers witnessed when the Twin Towers went down," Schumer said. "A mindless, vicious evil aimed at destroying the West and western life is the same thing the Nigerian people are experiencing today."
The girls have been missing for about three weeks, and many have criticized the Nigerian government for its response.
Cries of "Bring back our girls" have been made on social media and at protests around the world, including at a march in the city this weekend.