Laws to Keep Out Terrorists Also Block Refugees, Groups Say – CQ Homeland Security

A group of security analysts and officials from religious groups gathered Monday to reiterate a point they’ve been making for more than a decade — that the anti-terrorism laws passed after Sept. 11, 2001, have come with the inadvertent consequence of delaying or prohibiting some refugees from escaping to America.

“We support the goals of keeping the terrorists out of the United States, but somehow, those well-intentioned goals have been turned on their heads,” said Barrett Duke, of the Southern Baptist Convention, during a forum hosted by the Hudson Institute, a security and foreign policy think tank.