MAY 07, 2007
The president is secretly working to change immigration rules to allow foreign terrorists – including members of al-Qaida, Hamas and Hezbollah – to use the United States as a haven.
The Immigration and Naturalization Act specifically bars the United States from accepting members of all armed nongovernmental groups as refugees because they are considered terrorists. These include members of political or social organizations that endorse or espouse terrorist activity as well as the spouses or children of those inadmissible under that category.
Now the White House is pushing for an amendment to the law that would give the president authority to wave those longtime restrictions. Officials say they want to grant refugee status to rebels who have fought repressive governments around the world, but the changes would also apply to U.S. enemies such as the previously mentioned Middle Eastern terrorist groups.
Under the proposed amendment, the government would have the authority to wave the existing rules for active members and fighters of terrorist groups on a case-by-case basis. Last year alone, about 12,000 would-be refugees with terrorist ties were rejected and about 5,000 already in the U.S. as refugees were blocked from seeking citizenship.
Evidently, the president is caving in to the demands of international human rights groups that claim many legitimate refugees have been denied asylum by a U.S. government overreacting to the 2001 terrorist attacks. These groups also believe that members of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups, including al-Qaida, were actually coerced into violence and should therefore qualify to live in the U.S.
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