U.S. immigration laws legitimately bar individuals who have engaged in or supported terrorist acts from winning asylum. However, due to the overly broad “terrorism” provisions in U.S. immigration laws, thousands of legitimate refugees and asylum seekers – who pose no danger to the United States and who have committed no acts of wrongdoing – have been labeled “terrorists”. As a result, they are denied the protection they need or are unable to obtain permanent residence or reunite with their spouses or children.
Refugees Mislabeled as Terrorists
U.S. should pledge improvements to asylum system, detention reform and expedited resettlement for at-risk refugees at this week’s Ministerial Meeting…
Steps finally taken to mitigate the adverse impact of the immigration law’s “terrorism” bars on health care professionals In May…
Human Rights First’s report “Denial and Delay: The Impact of the Immigration Law’s ‘Terrorism Bars’ on Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the United States” is cited in the NY Review of Books to explain that current law and legal interpretation regarding “material support” to “terrorism” mean that many innocent refugees and asylum seekers, who are themselves victims of violence or repression in foreign countries, have been stuck in limbo or denied entry to the United States.
The Refugee Protection Act of 2010 would address many of the problems with current practice.
Baptist Press: “Refugees Wrongly Labeled ‘Terrorists’”