Trump administration may change rules that allow terror victims to immigrate to U.S. | Reuters


By Mica Rosenberg and Yeganeh Torbati

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON When Raj, a Sri Lankan fisherman, sought refuge in the United States in 2005, he had precisely the kind of fear of returning home that U.S. asylum laws require.

In 2004, he was kidnapped by the separatist rebel group the Tamil Tigers and had to pay $500 to secure his release, according to Raj, his lawyer and court records reviewed by Reuters. The group then demanded more money, which he could not pay after a tsunami destroyed his house and fishing boat.

Raj, 42, who asked that only his first name be used because of the sensitive nature of his situation, decided to flee. He boarded a plane using a false Canadian passport and requested asylum upon arriving in the United States.

There was a catch, however. U.S. laws ban immigration by anyone who has provided „material support“ to terrorists, and the Tamil Tigers are designated as a terrorist group by the United States. A judge…