U.S. eases restrictions for immigrants who gave “limited material support” to terror organizations


John Wagley
Government Security News
February 19, 2014

The Obama Administration has relaxed its rules for immigrants who have given “limited material support” to groups classified as terrorist organizations; such asylum seekers have previously been barred from entering the U.S.

In a notice in the Federal Register, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State announced that certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act bar some asylum seekers “who do not pose a national security or public safety risk from admission to the United States and from obtaining immigration benefits or other status.” Certain restrictions should no longer apply, they said, to an alien “who provided insignificant material support” to an organization or one of its members.

Some Members of Congress and others have criticized laws on “material support” since they were passed following the September 2001 terrorist attacks, claiming they were excessively strict.

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