LAW 6829- Immigration Practice Clinic Guide

Terrorism Inadmissibility Grounds

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Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) - Situational Exemptions

On June 8, 2022, the secretaries of homeland security and state, in consultation with each other and the attorney general, authorized an exemption to certain terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds for Afghan allies who supported U.S. interests or participated in the resistance movement against the Taliban and other affiliated organizations, or against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan

U.S. government involvement in Afghan affairs has always relied closely on the participation of Afghan nationals aligned with the U.S. government’s goals in the region. From the time of the resistance to Soviet aggression, through the struggle against the rule of the oppressive Taliban regime that enabled the 9/11 attacks against the United States, and during the efforts of the last 20 years to install a stable, democratic government in the face of a growing insurgency, U.S. policy and U.S. interests have depended on the brave sacrifices of ordinary Afghan citizens.

This exemption allows discretion to address these issues in individual adjudications, and to fulfill the United States’ humanitarian obligations while ensuring the security and integrity of its immigration system.

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