(PresidentialHill.com)- Last week, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security announced that they had tweaked the Immigration and Nationality Act to grant entry to the United States and other “immigration benefits” to those who provided “limited” or “significant” material support to designated terrorist organizations.
Yeah, you read that right.
In short, foreign nationals who worked with terrorists will now have an easier time entering the country legally.
With the change, those who provided “routine commercial transactions,” “humanitarian assistance,” “substantial pressure that does not rise to the level of duress,” or supported terrorists to satisfy the demands of family members, “social, or cultural obligations” will now be permitted to enter the US and receive immigration benefits.
These people will no longer be banned from entering the country so long as they can show that they do not pose a danger “to the safety and security” of the country.
But according to some national security and immigration experts, this carve-out amounts to the Biden administration playing Russian roulette with American lives.
According to Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, this decision will “weaken the government’s ability to keep supporters of terror groups from exploiting our generous immigration system.”
Vaughan told Just the News that the carve-out makes excuses for foreign nationals known to have supported terrorist groups by giving them deniability while enabling “naïve bureaucrats to look the other way.”
But according to a State Department spokesperson, this carve-out was specifically designed to keep Afghan “refugees” from getting unfairly flagged for links to the Taliban so they can come to the United States and receive benefits.
The problem is, the language of the new carve-out is too broad and seems to apply to all foreign nationals and every US-designated terrorist group beyond the Taliban. The rule change doesn’t specifically mention Afghans, the country of Afghanistan, or the Taliban.
In short, it isn’t so much a “loophole” as it is a gaping chasm through which you could fly a commercial airline.