Recorded on April 11, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
U.S. laws justifiably penalize those who voluntarily provide
material support to specific, designated terrorist organizations or
to those individuals or groups who commit terrorist acts. But
many critics argue that broad, post-9/11 language in the
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) unjustly penalizes those who
have provided material support only because of threats of physical
harm to themselves or their loved ones. Refugees and asylum
seekers who fall into this category currently are prohibited by the
strict language of the INA from attaining legal status to reside in
the United States. The INA includes some waiver or exemption
authority, but this authority has only recently been exercised and
may not be broad enough. Our panelists will review the
efforts of the Administration and of Congress to fairly implement
the law in a manner that thwarts terrorism while perpetuating the
traditions of refugee and asylum policy that help make America a
free, open, and just nation.
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