NY Times: New Rules to Aid Syrians Seeking Asylum

Posted on Sat, Feb 08, 2014 at 17:33 pm

In this New York Times article, HIAS' Melanie Nezer addresses the changes in the Patriot Act’s overly broad definitions of “terrorist activity” and “terrorist group” that have unjustly prevented thousands of refugees from receiving protection in the United States.

HIAS has been pressing for more than a decade for exemptions to the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds, also known as “TRIG” bars. As she points out, the bars were applied so broadly that they even included those who “gave a bowl of rice or a dollar or were forced to give support.”

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