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Mosab Hassan Yousef: Muslim Apostate, Spy, and American (Almost)

Posted on July 1 2010 1:00 pm
Alex Nowrasteh is a policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. His area of expertise is immigration policy.
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Mosab Prevented Dozens of Such Attacks

If you thought becoming a Muslim apostate and then spying on Hamas for Israel was difficult, try tangling with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesMosab Hassan Yousef is the latest tragic near-victim of America’s restrictive immigration policy.  Mosab is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the main founders of Hamas.  Mosab is also the most valuable source of intelligence on Hamas that Israel has ever produced.

From 1997 to 2007, Mosab provided intelligence that prevented dozens of terrorist attacks and multiple assassinations.  During that time he secretly converted to Christianity and abandoned Islam.  After he was exposed as an Israeli agent, Yousef moved to California and applied for asylum.

But in an all too common story, they denied his application in 2009 because he provided support to a terrorist organization.  That is what undercover agents do!  In March 2001, Mosab drove some Hamas members suspected of committing a bombing to a safe house.  His hearing in front of an immigration judge took place today in San Diego and he was granted asylum.

Even if Mosab’s asylum request was denied, he would not have been deported to the West Bank.  He would have been sent to Israel or a third country.  Luckily he will be able to stay in the safest country for him, the United States.  But it’s a Kafkaesque joke that he even had to endure such a hearing.

The Federal government should only worry about national security threats, criminals, and those who have deadly infectious diseases when screening immigrants.  They should not concern themselves with planning labor markets, studying the impact of foreign laborers on the prevailing wage of farm workers in South Dakota or elsewhere, or trying their hardest to deny valuable intelligence assets asylum.

American immigration laws, like the rest of our government in recent decades, try to accomplish everything.  As a result, they shirk in their fundamental role of providing security.  As Mosab’s situation also proves, immigration laws are at odds with national security.  Iraqi translators who aided American forces in Iraq have been accommodated by our immigration laws after a tragic delay.  It’s time we make accommodations for everyone overseas who aided Americans or our allies in combating national security threats.

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