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Thwarting Terrorists While Protecting Innocents: The Material Support and Related Provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Brian W. Walsh; J. Kelly Ryan

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: Government (Internal security)
Law and ethics (Immigration law)

Keywords: Homeland defense; Terrorism; Terrorists

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States


Restrictions enacted into law after 9/11 barred persons who provided any kind of support to a group of persons viewed as terrorists from entering the U.S. The laws were also interpreted to cover those who under duress and the threat of harm to themselves or their families were forced to provide the terrorists with food, housing, or other material support. The Administration and Congress have been working to remedy this problem and allow more otherwise eligible and honorable applicants for admission, refugees, and asylees to settle in America.