National Immigrant Justice Center
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1818, Chicago, IL 60604
End Overly Broad Terrorism Bars to Asylum
In recent years, the Department of Homeland Security has increasingly used terrorism-related bars to asylum to deny protection to people who flee forcible recruitment by alleged terrorist organizations. The government’s misapplication of the “material support to terrorism bar” prevents individuals from receiving asylum protection even if alleged terrorist groups coerced their cooperation with physical violence or death threats. In many of these cases, the asylum seekers fled to the United States to escape these very groups. as a result of the material support bar, hundreds of asylum seekers face prolonged separation from family members and deportation to the countries from which they fled.
Watch CBS News coverage of an NIJC client facing the material support bar