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Latino Daily News

Wednesday December 29, 2010

Conservative Organization Claims Asylum, Refugee Seekers Could Pose Danger to U.S.

According to the conservative group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), increased asylum and refugee policies will open doors to terrorists and criminals looking to enter the United States.

They add that along with public safety risks, the government’s policies for asylum seekers and those looking for temporary protected status are a drain on the U.S. economy, and that many terrorists use the policies as an opportunity to manipulate the country’s immigration system.

The report even goes so far as to say that because there is a known Islamic terrorist group active in Somalia, the increase in Somali asylum seekers since 2000 “raises the prospect that among these asylum applicants are terrorists.”

There has also been an increase in the number of Mexican nationals seeking asylum over the last several years, and this also causes FAIR to claim the drug violence in the U.S. will increase.

“The approval of these asylum applications ignores the international standard that the individual does not qualify as a refugee if he or she may find refuge elsewhere in the country,” said FAIR’s report. “If Mexicans could not find refuge from violence elsewhere in the country, this would constitute an open invitation to all the millions of Mexicans who would like to seek a better life in the United States to attempt to take advantage of our humanitarian policy.”

FAIR wants the U.S. government to address the prospect of returning to the “original intent” of refugee policy and only offer protection to those who flee their home countries due to the fear of persecution upon their return, and to refuse refugee applications of those already living in the United States as their residence disputes persecution.