Administration allows in more than 1,500 asylum seekers who engaged in terrorism 'while under duress'

In the years prior to the madness of the Obama administration, the United States had a "zero tolerance" policy when it came to asylum seekers who had engaged in terrorist activities.  No one who had participated in terrorist activity of any kind was allowed in.

That policy has now been replaced, as Judicial Watch explains:

Before the Obama administration tweaked a federal law last year, these foreign nationals would have been banned from the country for supporting terrorist causes. But under the changes the Secretary of Homeland Security has “discretionary authority” to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility relating to terrorism. We’ve seen this discretionary authority abused in the last few years and in fact, the administration has eliminated a zero tolerance policy for granting asylum or residency to individuals who have provided any sort of terrorism-related support.

The government’s latest available figures for granting asylum or residency to individuals embroiled in terrorist causes are incredibly disturbing, especially since the agency charged with keeping the nation safe, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), appears to downplay the seriousness of the crimes. Judicial Watch obtained the numbers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) annual report to Congress on the DHS secretary’s application of discretionary authority.

The biggest chunk of exemptions was processed for refugee applicants and lawful permanent resident status, with 806 and 614 respectively. The rest were processed under other DHS programs such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), asylum and relief through a Justice Department initiative. The bottom line is that the U.S. government is allowing them all to stay in the country with rights and benefits afforded to legal residents despite their terrorist connections and associations.

More than half of the candidates rewarded by DHS last year provided material support to terrorist organizations, according to the DHS report. The others received military-type training from a terrorist organization, voluntarily provided medical care to members of a terrorist group and solicited funds or individuals for membership in a terrorist organization. After a case-by-case review, Obama’s DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, determined that the recently admitted terrorists only participated in these activities “while under duress.” So, welcome to America!

So a couple of hundred men who went through terrorist military training – including, one supposes, the usual brainwashing – are comfortably ensconced in an American city near you.  Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn't it?

In case you're wondering, the Obama administration made a slight tweak ot our immigration law – apparently without the knowledge of Congress – that gave the DHS secretary broad discretionary authority to pretty much admit whomever he wants to.  Obviously, Secretary Johnson thought America wasn't diverse enough because we lacked Muslim terrorists in our population.  He certainly fixed that shortcoming, didn't he?

Just how the administration determined that people were helping terrorists "under duress" is unknown.  Raising money for terrorists with a gun to their head?  Not likely.  And wouldn't you love to know if the FBI is keeping an eye on these people?  If the terrorist sympathizers and supporters made it this far, somehow, I doubt that, too.

In the years prior to the madness of the Obama administration, the United States had a "zero tolerance" policy when it came to asylum seekers who had engaged in terrorist activities.  No one who had participated in terrorist activity of any kind was allowed in.

That policy has now been replaced, as Judicial Watch explains:

Before the Obama administration tweaked a federal law last year, these foreign nationals would have been banned from the country for supporting terrorist causes. But under the changes the Secretary of Homeland Security has “discretionary authority” to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility relating to terrorism. We’ve seen this discretionary authority abused in the last few years and in fact, the administration has eliminated a zero tolerance policy for granting asylum or residency to individuals who have provided any sort of terrorism-related support.

The government’s latest available figures for granting asylum or residency to individuals embroiled in terrorist causes are incredibly disturbing, especially since the agency charged with keeping the nation safe, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), appears to downplay the seriousness of the crimes. Judicial Watch obtained the numbers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) annual report to Congress on the DHS secretary’s application of discretionary authority.

The biggest chunk of exemptions was processed for refugee applicants and lawful permanent resident status, with 806 and 614 respectively. The rest were processed under other DHS programs such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), asylum and relief through a Justice Department initiative. The bottom line is that the U.S. government is allowing them all to stay in the country with rights and benefits afforded to legal residents despite their terrorist connections and associations.

More than half of the candidates rewarded by DHS last year provided material support to terrorist organizations, according to the DHS report. The others received military-type training from a terrorist organization, voluntarily provided medical care to members of a terrorist group and solicited funds or individuals for membership in a terrorist organization. After a case-by-case review, Obama’s DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, determined that the recently admitted terrorists only participated in these activities “while under duress.” So, welcome to America!

So a couple of hundred men who went through terrorist military training – including, one supposes, the usual brainwashing – are comfortably ensconced in an American city near you.  Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, doesn't it?

In case you're wondering, the Obama administration made a slight tweak ot our immigration law – apparently without the knowledge of Congress – that gave the DHS secretary broad discretionary authority to pretty much admit whomever he wants to.  Obviously, Secretary Johnson thought America wasn't diverse enough because we lacked Muslim terrorists in our population.  He certainly fixed that shortcoming, didn't he?

Just how the administration determined that people were helping terrorists "under duress" is unknown.  Raising money for terrorists with a gun to their head?  Not likely.  And wouldn't you love to know if the FBI is keeping an eye on these people?  If the terrorist sympathizers and supporters made it this far, somehow, I doubt that, too.