Residents of Charleston, South Carolina may have heard about some major changes that were made by the Obama administration for those individuals seeking asylum. The change will now allow those innocent individuals with remote an tenuous ties to terrorist groups to be eligible for asylum.
This change will help those individuals that have been barred entry into the United States because of supposed ties to terrorist groups even though the government does not view these people as a threat to national security. There are those that oppose the change and feel that when it comes to national security, measures need to be tightened, not loosened. Additionally, those in opposition to the change suggest that the administration may be abusing its power by essentially voiding provisions of exiting federal law.
No matter what one's personal views are on the state of national security, it is important to understand the law as it stands. Asylum is a protection offered to individuals to allow them to become legal residents of the United States. Every asylum case is analyzed by the United States government on an individual basis. Applicants must be able to show that they will face persecution if forced to return to their native country because of political or religious beliefs, their race, religion or affiliation with particular social groups.
Immigration is a complex area of law. In addition to the application process, there are also time sensitive filing deadlines. Asylum seekers and their family members need to make sure their rights are protected, particularly in an area of law that is changing and evolving at a quick pace. Lawyers with expertise in the area of immigration law are able to provide advice and assistance with the asylum process or other immigration law issues one may be facing.
Source: Fox News, "Administration eases restrictions on asylum seekers with loose terror ties", Judson Burger, Feb. 6, 2014