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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 10 November 2017 - 02:22 AM

Trump Tightens Rules On Immigrants With Terrorism Ties

Obama policy that allowed DHS to grant a waiver to people with passing association with terror is out

PoliZette
by Brendan Kirby
Updated 09 Nov 2017 at 6:28 AM

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In a little-noticed move recently, President Donald Trump’s administration reversed a policy adopted by his predecessor that made it easier for foreigners with terrorism ties to get into the United States.

Former President Barack Obama’s administration had instructed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to withhold decisions — and give the Homeland Security secretary an opportunity to grant a waiver — regarding certain foreigners who otherwise would be inadmissible under U.S. law.

USCIS officials instructed officers in a memo last month:

“Effective immediately, the above-described prior hold policy is rescinded,” the memo states. “Cases for which no exemption(s) is currently available should not remain or be placed on hold” without an order from headquarters.

The Obama-era policies applied to foreigners seeking entry into the United States and — more troublingly, according to critics — foreigners already in the country who were trying to stay.

“Why were we doing that? God only knows,” said Matthew O’Brien, the former chief of the National Security Division of the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate at USCIS. “It doesn’t make any sense. It’s more of a mindset of ‘Keep trying until the alien wins.'”

A policy memo issued in 2009 instructed USCIS officers to withhold decisions in four categories of foreigners to give the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security an opportunity to decide whether or not to grant an exemption. Those categories were:

  • Foreigners who were inadmissible based on any activity or association related to a terrorist organization that had not been specifically designated by the U.S. government. The memo gave the officer discretion to grant an exemption to applicants who had been part of groups no longer considered terrorism organizations.
  • Foreigners who were inadmissible based on activity or association with a named or unnamed terrorism organization where the support was provided under duress.
  • Foreigners who voluntarily provided medical care to terrorists.
  • The children and spouses of foreigners who were inadmissible on terrorism-related grounds.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:28 AM

Yet another great move. Well done, Mr. President.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:04 PM

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Former President Barack Obama’s administration had instructed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers to withhold decisions — and give the Homeland Security secretary an opportunity to grant a waiver — regarding certain foreigners who otherwise would be inadmissible under U.S. law.


Why in the world would anyone who genuinely cared about national security do this?
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 04:55 PM

View PostLongKnife, on 10 November 2017 - 12:04 PM, said:

Why in the world would anyone who genuinely cared about national security do this?

Was that a rhetorical question? ;)
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