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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Conservatives seek to broaden the context of anti-terrorism laws

Many conservatives will be working with the Democrat-dominated Congress on broadening the context of the anti-terrorism laws, The Washington Post reported on Monday. Although laws such as the Patriot Act are typically congruent with conservative values, many conservatives believe that these laws are too strict. In fact, under the current provisions, legal status is continually denied to foreigners who fought alongside American troops in conflicts such as the Vietnam War. Gary L. Bauer, president of the conservative organization, American Values, explained, “The enforcement of [anti-terrorism laws] has lapsed in ludicrousy. The concept of material support is being distorted, and even the definition of the term ‘terrorism’ is being turned on its ear.”

The number of people granted asylum from religious, ethnic, and political persecution has drastically dropped since September 11. It is believed that many are denied legal status because of affiliation with various groups prior to their arrival in the U.S. Under such broad context, even those that are forced against their will to aid terrorist groups are denied status.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has refused to broaden the context of the anti-terrorism laws to allow applicants in clear cases of asylum into the U.S. Additionally, communication from DHS has been minimal. Recently various Justice and State Department advocates met with members of the Homeland Security Department; however, without pressure from governing bodies critics are doubtful that DHS will make any changes.

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