Lamborn Leads Effort to Grant Hero Political Asylum
DHS stands in opposition.
5:35 PM, Jun 24, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rep. Doug Lamborn is leading an effort in the House of Representatives to gather support for Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a founder of Hamas who converted to Christianity, became an anti-Hamas informer, and is now living in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security, incredibly, is opposing his application for political asylum.
Yousef, himself once a member of Hamas, is not a jihadist. In fact, he’s quite the opposite, having had both a religious and a political conversion. He's now living in San Diego, but his stay in America could end shortly (he’s been here around three years). It all hinges on whether he’s granted political asylum by American officials. Right now, the Department of Homeland Security is against this designation, in part it seems, because the government agency has misread his remarkable tell-all memoir, Son of Hamas.
In the book, Yousef tells his story. He experienced a sort of epiphany, turning against Hamas and his family, to become a key informant for the Israeli intelligence agency the Shin Bet. The intelligence he provided allowed Israeli officials to prevent acts of terror, saving many innocent lives. The DHS interprets his book as proof that he has ties to terrorist organizations.
If Yousef were to be deported, and returned to the West Bank, there's little question that he would end up on a Hamas hit list.
Will the DHS come to its senses? Rep. Lamborn opposes the effort to deport this hero, and has gathered a group of congressmen to support Yousef. So far, signatories from the House include, Trent Franks, Cynthia Lummis, Bill Posey, Kenny Marchant, Rob Bishop, John Kline, and John Shadegg.
Here’s the full text of the letter, circulating Capitol Hill, addressed to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:
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