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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

Do US Security Laws Hamper US Refugee Resettlement Program

[b]Do US Security Laws Hamper US Refugee Resettlement Program Or Tighten Asylum System Abused by Terrorists[/b]

Daya Gamage - A Review to Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 10 February ( [/b]Several sections of the USA Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law promulgated by the United States Congress soon after the 9/11 attack on the American soil, and the REAL ID Act ratified by both chambers of the Congress in May 2005 bringing greater scrutiny of foreign asylum and refugee status seekers have been under fire by many civil liberty organizations here in the United States.

The latest to join the ranks is the Washington, D.C. headquartered Refugees International (RI). The RI states in its latest February 9 press release sent to 'Asian Tribune' that, "The application of laws put in place to protect the United States from terrorist activity is preventing refugees from being resettled here. The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the REAL ID Act of 2005 expanded the definition of terrorist activity and the categories of terrorist organizations, with the result that staff of the (US) Department of Homeland Security are screening out refugees who provided incidental support under extreme duress to armed groups on the grounds that they provided ‘material support’ to terrorists. This interpretation of US law is resulting in a perverse outcome: victims of terrorism are being designated terrorist supporters and blocked from receiving sanctuary and a chance to start a new life in the United States."

The Refugees International (RI) describes itself as "R'’s advocacy generates increases in resources and policy changes by governments and UN agencies that improve conditions for refugees and displaced people. We take an uncompromising rights-based approach to advocacy on behalf of refugees and displaced persons."

The RI is walking on a very tight rope in interpreting certain sections of the USA PATRIOT Act and the REAL ID Act at a time the United States administration has waged a 'global offensive' against Global Terrorist groups such as Osama bin Larden’s Al Qaeda and adopted a ‘harder view’ on Foreign Terrorist Organizations like Nepal’s Maoist Movement and Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers.

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