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Sunday, June 13, 2010

US to deport Mosab Hassan Yousef?

You will all recall the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas leader Ahmed Yousef who became an Israeli spy, converted to Christianity and moved to the United States. Now, the Muslim-loving Obama administration wants to deport Yousef to the 'West Bank,' where he might have a chance of surviving for a day or two.
In 2007, Mr. Yousef came to the United States, where he converted to Christianity from Islam and applied for political asylum. The request was denied in February 2009, Mr. Yousef says, on grounds that he was potentially "a danger to the security of the United States" and had "engaged in terrorist activity." His case has automatically proceeded to the deportation stage, and on June 30 at 8 a.m. he will appear before Judge Rico Bartolomei in Homeland Security Immigration Court in San Diego.

Homeland Security is well aware of the author's history, and in fact is using it against him. According to Mr. Yousef, a letter from Homeland Security attorney Kerri Calcador cites passages in "Son of Hamas" as evidence of his connection to terrorist leaders and suggests that the work he did for Hamas while spying for Israel provided aid to terrorists. "At a bare minimum, evidence of the respondent's transport of Hamas members to safe houses . . . indicates that the respondent provided material support to a [Tier I] terrorist organization," the U.S. lawyer wrote.

But unless Ms. Calcador knows more than she's saying, this is bizarre. As a spy for Israel, Mr. Yousef had to make his colleagues believe he was a loyal member of Hamas. He used that trust to gain information that he provided to Israeli intelligence, which used it to prevent terror attacks and save lives. One of Mr. Yousef's handlers at Shin Bet confirmed his book's account to the Israeli daily Haaretz, and his father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has disowned him from the Israeli prison he has occupied since 2005. (See our Weekend Interview with the younger Yousef, "They Need to Be Liberated From Their God," March 6, 2010.)

The problem seems to be that, under a provision of U.S. immigration law, anyone who is shown to have provided "material support" for terrorist organizations is automatically denied asylum. In the relentless way that bureaucracy works, this is being interpreted as leaving little discretion for deserving exceptions like the case of Mr. Yousef. In some cases Homeland Security does have the power to issue a waiver of this "no admission" rule—an option that was not exercised before Mr. Yousef's asylum was denied.

If Mr. Yousef were a security threat, you'd expect that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency would have found reason to detain him. Yet he remains free to travel and even to hit the book-selling circuit. A senior government official tells us that Homeland Security will "not be mounting a stiff defense" of the 2009 decision to deny him asylum, which is at least one burst of common sense.

Mr. Yousef is a native of the West Bank, which is where he would presumably return if he is deported and where Hamas would immediately seek to kill him. Under the Convention Against Torture, the U.S. has an international treaty obligation not to return people to countries where their lives would be at risk. That concern stopped the return to China of the Uighers at Guantanamo, and rightly so. It would dishonor the U.S. to deport a convert in the war on terror because our immigration bureaucracy is too obtuse to make even life and death distinctions.
I could not agree more.

I'd even suggest Israel taking him in, but that's probably too close for comfort to Hamas. This does seem like a senseless act by the United States.

Hot Air's headlines link to a blog called Save Mosab Yousef (Hat Tip: Shy Guy). (As of this writing, Ed and Allah have not put up a full post on Yousef, but I suspect they will by the time this post gets up). The blog has about 1,000 hits so far - mostly today. That's not enough to get anything to happen.

Please do everything you can to save Mosab Yousef from deportation and certain death.


At 12:10 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The US government will let Islamic terrorists like Ibrahim Parlak game the immigration system for years on end but it will make sure a convert to Christianity gets a one way ticket to torture and certain death. In what world does that make sense?

What could go wrong indeed

At 4:38 AM, Blogger Bob Belvedere said...

Thank you for the link and for helping us get the word out about Mr. Yousef.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Maggie Thornton said...

Carl, I have printed a portion of this at Save Mosab Yousef. It this is not okay, please let me know.


Maggie @ Maggie's Notebook

At 6:29 AM, Blogger Captain USpace said...

Thank God he will get asylum, finally DHS does the right thing.

No matter how many beheadings, stonings, or terrorist attacks there are, we must never fear, resist or mock the precious and ever peaceful Islam. Who are we to say that raping 9 year-olds is immoral? Who are we to say that stoning gays and rape victims to death is evil?

Who are we to say that killing hundreds of people every month in the name of Allah is the height of evil? That is just their culture and ideology and it MUST be respected. Morality is all relative, we must remember that.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
cut off your wife's head

if she dishonors you
by asking for a divorce

absurd thought -
God of the Universe wants
all planets Islamic

Earth is one of many
in process of conversion

absurd thought -
God of the Universe wants
many Taliban planets

stonings and beheadings
billions served daily

absurd thought –
God of the Universe says
convert the infidels

or make them pay a tax
if they don’t want to die
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