New legislation designates PLO representatives as 'terrorists'
(WASHINGTON, DC - 2/3/05) - CAIR is urging all persons of conscience to
voice their concern over the recently-introduced REAL ID Act. House
Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) bill is
composed of provisions that were deemed too controversial and stripped from
last year's intelligence reform bill.
The bill makes it harder for people fleeing persecution to gain asylum in
the U.S. In some cases, it may create a situation where an asylum seeker
needs documents from the very government they are fleeing to prove their case.
The bill also states: "An alien who is an officer, official, representative
or spokesman of the Palestine Liberation Organization is considered, for
purposes of this Act, to be engaged in a terrorist activity." If enacted,
this would terminate the current high hopes that the new situation in the
Palestinian Territories can lead to a just peace.
Last year, House leadership promised Sensenbrenner that his provisions
would be attached to the first piece of "must pass" legislation, such as
that providing aid for countries devastated by recent tsunami or funding
military operations in Iraq, to come before Congress.