Mislabeled as Terrorists: Government Inaction Keeps Refugee Families Apart

Dec 16, 2010, 16:21 ET from Hudson Institute

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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."

These people, including 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.  

Because of the failure of U.S. agencies to adopt the procedures that Congress passed in bipartisan legislation — spearheaded by Senators Jon Kyl and Patrick 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.  

At an event to be held at Hudson Institute, a group of distinguished experts will call on the Obama administration to end the bureaucratic delays and the needless human tragedy suffered by law-abiding persons and their families already victimized by persecution. 


December 20, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30 PM


Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First

Galen Carey, National Association of Evangelicals

Barrett Duke, Southern Baptist Convention

Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America

Michael Horowitz, Hudson Institute

Melanie Nezer, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society


Hudson Institute (http://www.hudson.org)

Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center

1015 15th Street, NW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20005

RSVP to events@hudson.org

James Bologna, 202-974-6456, jbologna@hudson.org

Ioannis Saratsis, 202-974-2403, isaratsis@hudson.org  

SOURCE Hudson Institute