August 5, 2011
US President Obama Bars Persons Who Commit Human Rights Abuses from Entering US
U.S. President Barak Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation on August 4 barring the entry into the United States of any immigrants or nonimmigrants who participate in serious violations of international human rights or humanitarian law. The Proclamation does contain an exception allowing entry of such persons if the U.S. Secretary of State deems that the entry of the person will not harm the foreign relations interests of the United States. However, it does not contain an exception for persons claiming to have engaged in abuse of others under duress, an issue that has been the subject of some litigation in the context of asylum cases in recent years.
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