The Obama administration has lifted some restrictions for people seeking asylum in the United States. The problem? The administration is okaying people who have "loose ties to terror."
The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered for entry into the U.S.
The change would apply to people the U.S. government does not consider a threat but could nevertheless be tied to terror groups, and therefore barred from entry. A Department of Homeland Security official said these individuals have been "adversely affected by the broad terrorism bars of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)."
"These exemptions cover discrete kinds of limited material support that have adversely affected refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants and other travelers: material support to non-designated terrorist organizations that was insignificant in amount, provided incidentally in the course of everyday social, commercial, or humanitarian interactions, or provided under significant pressure," the official said.
Democrats and the Obama administration argue tight restricts, including ties to terror, on people seeking refuge from government unrest has prevented help for thousands of refugees in the United States.
Earlier this week, I reported on the sentencing of Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud, a refugee from Somalia living in Aneheim, California. Mohamud, along with three other men including an Imam of a popular Southern California mosque, were convicted of offering material support to the terror group al Shabab. Al Shabab is the same terror group that carried out the gruesome Kenya Westgate mall attack last fall. A reminder of the horrific details:
A police doctor who entered the mall after the attack said these reports “are not allegations. Those are f***ing truths.”
“They removed balls, eyes, ears, nose,” he said. ”They get your hand and sharpen it like a pencil then they tell you to write your name with the blood. They drive knives inside a child’s body. Actually, if you look at all the bodies, unless those ones that were escaping, fingers are cut by pliers, the noses are ripped by pliers.”
Several reports have verified that such atrocities occurred.
USA Today reported that “hostages were left hanging and had their eyes gouged, others were dismembered. Others had their throats slashed or were castrated and had fingers amputated.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.