NIAC is a pro-Mullah REGIME organization and must be in a bit of a panic. If this passes their whole network of operatives will be dismantled, including the ones ensconced in mosques, permanent students at universities (in fact intelligence agents of Iran) and will shut down their current ebb and flow of operational travel in and out of the USA.
And remove a source of jihadi recruiting when a large swathe of potential support terrorists disappears.
I feel sorry for some very anti-Mullah regime Iranians who reside in the USA and may well get burned in this intense flame but............. who knows what will happen - if anything.
Cannot see pro-Mullah regime, pro-terrorist, Oba-Hussein-Khomeini signing this bill or anything like it into law.
On the other hand, Saudis are exempted so maybe their increasing quarrel with Iran and Yemen and influence over Oba-Hussein might end up persuading him to do so.
What will happen to HAMAS and Hezbollah, who are not mentioned directly?
Also, what happens in Islamic Iran on January 15/16 may have an effect on this.
Congressman Introducing Legislation to Bar and Deport Iranians from U.S.
By David Elliott,
National Iranian American Council (NIAC)
Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC) has announced his intention to reintroduce legislation that would prohibit "the admission of aliens from countries designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism as well as Yemen to the United States." The Stop Terrorist Entry Program (STEP) Act, first introduced in 2003, also would have required all persons from these countries on student visas, temporary work visas, exchange and tourist visas to leave the United States within 60 days, despite their legal status in the country. Residents and nationals of Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen would be affected.
The bill makes an exception only in the cases of individuals who are seeking political or religious asylum, or who have immediate emergency medical needs.
Congressman Barrett said his bill came in response to the Fort Hood shooting and the Christmas-day attempt to blow up an airplane over Detroit. "While President Obama may have declared an end to the War on Terror, it is clear our enemies did not get the message. Twice in the past two months, radical Islamic terrorists have attacked our nation and the Administration has failed to adapt its national security and immigration policies to counter the renewed resolve of those who seek to harm our citizens."
The American Army major and Nigerian alleged to have committed those attacks would not have been affected by the STEP Act.
In response to Barrett's announcement, the National Iranian American Council has launched a campaign against the bill, saying it is "offensive to American principles, harmful to US interests, and discriminates against Iranians and Iranian Americans." The group also noted that no Iranian has ever committed a terrorist act on American soil.
The 2003 version of the bill is available online. Congressman Barrett's office did not respond to requests for comment. Aside from the inclusion of Yemen, and a new provision to prohibit the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison to the United States, Congressman Barrett has not indicated any further differences between his new bill and the legislation he introduced in 2003.
ORIGINAL BILL TEXT
1ST SESSION H. R. 3075
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to bar the admission of
aliens from countries determined to be state sponsors of terrorism, and
for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SEPTEMBER 11, 2003
Mr. BARRETT of South Carolina introduced the following bill; which was
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to bar the
admission of aliens from countries determined to be state
sponsors of terrorism, and for other purposes.
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2
tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Stop Terrorist Entry
5 Program Act of 2003’’.
6 SEC. 2. TREATMENT OF NATIONALS OF STATE SPONSORS
7 OF TERRORISM.
8 (a) IN GENERAL.—
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1 (1) AMENDMENT.—Chapter 9 of title II of the
2 Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1351 et
3 seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following
4 new section:
5 ‘‘TREATMENT OF NATIONALS OF STATE SPONSORS OF
7 ‘‘SEC. 295. (a) IN GENERAL.—No nonimmigrant or
8 immigrant visa may be issued, or nonimmigrant or immi9
grant status otherwise provided, other than a visa or sta10
tus described in section 101(a)(15)(A) or 201(b)(2)(A)(i),
11 to any alien who is a national of, or residing in, a country
12 that is determined to be a state sponsor of terrorism,
13 except the Secretary of Homeland Security (or the consular
14 officer, in the case of an application for a visa) may, on
15 a case-by-case basis, waive the application of this sub16
section in the case of an alien who—
17 ‘‘(1) requires examination or treatment for an
18 emergency medical condition (as defined in section
19 562(d) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immi20
gration Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C.
21 1396(d))); or
22 ‘‘(2) is eligible for admission as a refugee under
23 section 207 or for asylum under section 208.
24 ‘‘(b) STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM DEFINED.—
25 ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—In this section, the term
26 ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ means any country the
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1 government of which has been determined by the
2 Secretary of State under any of the laws specified in
3 paragraph (2) to have repeatedly provided support
4 for acts of terrorism. Such term shall apply to a
5 country beginning on the date on which such deter6
mination takes effect and ending on the date on
7 which such determination is withdrawn, terminated,
8 revoked, or otherwise ceases to be effective.
9 ‘‘(2) LAWS UNDER WHICH DETERMINATIONS
10 WERE MADE.—The laws specified in this paragraph
11 are the following:
12 ‘‘(A) Section 6(j)(1)(A) of the Export Ad13
ministration Act of 1979 (or successor statute).
14 ‘‘(B) Section 40(d) of the Arms Export
15 Control Act.
16 ‘‘(C) Section 620A(a) of the Foreign As17
sistance Act of 1961.’’.
18 (2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of con19
tents of the Immigration and Nationality Act is
20 amended by inserting after the item relating to sec21
tion 294 the following:
‘‘295. Treatment of nationals of state sponsors of terrorism.’’.
22 (3) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made
23 by this subsection shall take effect on the date of the
24 enactment of this Act and shall apply to visas
25 issued, or status provided, on and after such date.
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1 (b) APPLICATION TO ADMITTED NONIMMIGRANTS.—
2 In the case of a nonimmigrant alien lawfully admitted into
3 the United States who would have been ineligible to be
4 granted such nonimmigrant status if the amendments
5 made by subsection (a) had been in effect on the date on
6 which such status was granted, notwithstanding any other
7 provision of law, the period of authorized admission as
8 such a nonimmigrant shall terminate 60 days after the
9 date of the enactment of this Act, unless the Secretary
10 of Homeland Security makes an individualized determina11
tion described in section 295(a) of the Immigration and
12 Nationality Act (as added by subsection (a)) with respect
13 to the alien.
14 (c) REPEAL.—Section 306 of the Enhanced Border
15 Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (Public Law
16 107–173) is repealed.