The Obama administration has relaxed the rules for aspiring refugees, asylum seekers and to some others who look forward to come to the United States or live here who have given too little assistance to the terrorist organization. It is one of the earliest measures on immigration as President Obama has pledged during the last month state of the Union address to make use of more executive directives.
People who have given limited support to the terrorist groups or outfits are no longer restricted from entering the United States, said the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security.
A provision that is made in immigration law after Sept.11, know as terrorism associated inadmissibility grounds, had affected any person who have given their support to the terrorists. With slight exemption, this provision is also strictly applied to persons who are making an attempt to enter the U.S. and also to persons already staying here other than willing persons to change their status on immigration.
For 49 year old Morteza Assadi in northern Virginia, the law has put him into the sort of nightmare as his application for greencard was on hold for more than a period of ten years.
In the early 1980’s, a teenager in Tehran, Iran, used to distribute fliers to terrorist groups that was banned by the Ayatollah Khomeini government. Assadi and his wife applied for asylum in the late 1990’s, but only his wife’s request was granted and Assadi’s case was put on hold. With current relaxations to the immigration law, he is hopeful that the U.S. government will consider green card application and look at his earlier activities with the terrorists as “limited”. Earlier the minute your name was connected with an organization you were barred from the United States.
In a statement, the Homeland Security Department said that the change in rule gives government more discretion, and the country is not open for terrorists and their supporters. People seeking asylum, visas, refugee status and those already staying in the U.S. will still be under inspection to confirm that they don’t pose a risk to public safety or national security.