by Eric Lendrum
In the latest open-borders move by the Biden Administration, there will be new alterations to pre-existing immigration law allowing migrants with known terrorist ties to enter the country legally and more easily.
As reported by Just The News, both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act would grant entry to the United States, as well as certain “immigration benefits,” to migrants who provided “limited” or “insignificant” support to terrorist organizations.
The announcement says that certain examples of support for terrorism that the departments will consider acceptable include “routine commercial transactions,” “humanitarian assistance,” and “substantial pressure that does not rise to the level of duress.”
A notice to the Federal Register further details the planned changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act, revealing that a ban on entry into the country will no longer apply to such individuals as long as they can prove that they “pose no danger to the safety and security of the United States.”
But immigration hawks have been sounding the alarm on these changes. Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, said that this move “is a very concerning decision to weaken the government’s ability to keep supporters of terror groups from exploiting our generous immigration system.”
“This policy essentially makes excuses on behalf of foreign nationals who have been found to support terror groups, giving them deniability, and enables naive bureaucrats to look the other way at a record of concerning behavior on the part of applicants,” Vaughan continued. “As a result, it will be even easier for those who hate America and support terror groups to live here legally, free to fight us from within, and free to sponsor others to come in.”
A spokesman for the State Department claimed that the change in policy was meant specifically to allow for Afghan refugees to come to the U.S. without being flagged for possible affiliations with the Taliban.
“This action will allow the U.S. government to meet the protection needs of qualifying Afghans who do not pose a national security or public safety risk and provide them with the ability to access a durable immigration status in the United States,” the spokesman said in a statement. “Eligible individuals include Afghans who supported and worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan, worked as civil servants or as doctors, teachers, and engineers during a time when the Taliban was in power, or who paid fees to the Taliban as required by daily life to do things like pass through a checkpoint or utilize a government service to obtain a passport or other document.”
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Eric Lendrum reports for American Greatness.