A new report released by Judicial Watch this week revealed that in 2014, President Barack Obama granted asylum to 1,519 refugees who had committed terrorist acts “while under duress.”
These refugees would have been barred from entering the United States by a clause in the 63-year-old Immigration and Nationality Act that bans all terror-supporting asylum seekers, regardless of how trivial their support may have been.
Last year, however, the Obama administration tweaked the law by establishing an “Exercise of Authority” that permits the government to waive the ban if the refugee only provided what it referred to as “limited material support” to terrorists.
As a result, 1,519 known terror supporters earned not only the right to enter and remain in the United States, but also to take advantage of the many benefits and rights associated with living here.
More than half of these refugees reportedly provided direct material support to terrorist groups like the Islamic State group.
The other half “received military-type training from a terrorist organization, voluntarily provided medical care to members of a terrorist group and solicited funds or individuals for membership in a terrorist organization,” Judicial Watch explained.
Yet U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson allowed them to enter anyway because they had allegedly been “under duress” when they engaged in these activities.
Judicial Watch explained it best when it wrote that Obama “seems to have a soft spot for terrorists.”