Provisions in immigration laws passed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, collectively known as terrorism related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG), have affected thousands of persecuted refugees in need of protection, who pose no threat to national security.
The TRIG provisions “were intended to be a set of criteria that made it impossible for terrorists, would-be terrorists or terrorism supporters to seek protection or refuge in the United States,” said Mary Small, Assistant Director for Policy at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
Access to asylum and resettlement in the United States has been denied due to the unintended consequences of the overly-broad application of the “material support to terrorist organizations” bar.
"There are some pretty serious problems with [TRIG], said Small. "It includes an overly broad definition of terrorism that includes activities that have no relationship to what a normal person would consider terrorism."
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