December 20, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
During this holiday season, more than 5,000 people who have already passed the difficult test to prove they are refugees and are living peacefully in the United States — and untold numbers of refugees who remain in dangerous situations abroad — are wrongly being categorized by the U.S. government as "terrorists."
A pro-democracy Burmese student who protested against the Burmese government and was persecuted as a result, a young Sudanese man who was forcibly abducted and detained by a Sudanese rebel group, and a Burundian man who gave "material support" to a rebel group when armed rebels robbed him of four dollars and his lunch, are all wrongly labeled as terrorists by the U.S. government.
Appleby, Duke, Massimino, Carey,
Wright, Horowitz, and Nezer
Because of the failure of U.S. agencies to adopt the procedures that Congress passed in bipartisan legislation — spearheaded by Senators Kyl and Leahy — to fix this problem in 2007, thousands of cases are being placed on hold, leaving many to languish in limbo and be indefinitely separated from their families.
Read the letter to President Obama here
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