Honey, You Do Have to Live Like a Refugee

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The New Republic is running an important story by Anna Husarska about the effect the PATRIOT Act and other laws have had in keeping desperate refugees out of the United States.

The problem has two parts. First, anyone who has provided "material support" to a terrorist group can be denied entry into the United States. The concept of "material support" has neither a clear de minimis level nor an explicit exemption for those who have been coerced—so a farmer who, under duress, provides a bowl of rice to a terrorist can be barred from resettling in the United States. Compounding this situation is the irrationally broad definition of terrorism put forth by Congress. Since passage of the Patriot Act, a "terrorist organization" can be any "group of two or more individuals, whether organized or not," that uses an "explosive, firearm, or other weapon or dangerous device (other than for mere personal monetary gain), with intent to endanger, directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals or to cause substantial damage to property." In other words, just about any kind of violence can qualify as terrorism—even when it is a struggle that advances democracy and even when it is being carried out in opposition to unjust regimes. What's more, anyone who gives "material support," however minimal, to such groups is ineligible for refugee status.

It might all seem goo-goo and marginal if Husarska didn't have victims of the policies lined up in the article.

Relevant link: Justin Raimondo's book-length plea for the freedom of two Morroccans.

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  1. There is no right to refugee status in the US. If DHS wanted to randomly exclude every third applicant I wouldn’t have a complaint.

    There is a place for all the people who can’t quite get legal status in the US. It’s called Canada.

  2. Fuck raimondo and his israel hating fag ass.

  3. …substantial damage to property…

    Does that include paper targets? My friends and I go to the range for target practice. The intent is to destroy the paper target. Hmm…guess we’re terrorists.

    mjs

  4. Who didn’t see this coming?

  5. I’ve addressed this issue already, as David has noted:

    We got somethin’, we both know it, we don’t talk too much about it
    Ain’t no real big secret, all the same, somehow we get around it
    Listen, it don’t really matter to me baby
    You believe what you want to believe, you see

    You don’t have to live like a refugee
    (Don’t have to live like a refugee)

    Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
    Tell me why you want to lay there, revel in your abandon
    Horny, it don’t make no difference to me baby
    Everybody has to fight to be free, you see

    (Chorus)
    You don’t have to live like a refugee
    (Don’t have to live like a refugee)
    No baby you don’t have to live like a refugee
    (Dont have to live like a refugee)

    Baby we ain’t the first
    I’m sure a lot of other lovers been burned
    Right now it seems real to you, but it’s
    One of those things you gotta feel to be true

    Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
    Who knows maybe you were kidnapped tied up,
    Taken away and held for ransom
    Horny, it don’t make no difference to me baby
    Baby, everybody has to fight to be free, you see

    (Chorus)

  6. Since passage of the Patriot Act, a “terrorist organization” can be any “group of two or more individuals, whether organized or not,” that uses an “explosive, firearm, or other weapon or dangerous device (other than for mere personal monetary gain), with intent to endanger, directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals or to cause substantial damage to property.”

    I suspect there’s more to the definition than this, which would apply equally to the Israeli Defense Forces and to al-Qaeda.

  7. Ahem. What does this mean for, say, two brothers who go out and launch model rockets together?

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