'The Trump administration has enacted Section 412 of the PATRIOT Act to keep a Palestinian man behind bars. The provision of the act allows for the indefinite detention of resident aliens under national security grounds. Of course, not to be confused with the indefinite detention of American citizens under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Adham Amin Hassoun has spent nearly the entire “war on terror” behind two cement walls. Hassoun was first charged on immigration violation in June 2002. But Hassoun was never accused of any act or plot of violence. His crime was signing checks to extremist-tied Muslim charities operating in places like Kosovo and Chechnya that Congress outlawed following the 9/11 attacks. Hassoun wrote all but one of those checks before 9/11, the Daily Beast reported.
Hassoun was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, and should have been a free man in 2017. Instead, he finds himself in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which locked him up in western New York set for deportation.
Kevin McAleenan, then acting secretary at Homeland Security, recently informed Hassoun that he will “remain in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement pending your removal from the United States or reconsideration of this decision.”
ICE wanted to deport Hassoun; however, the fact that he lacks a state as a Palestinian got in the way. No single country—not the Lebanon of his birth, nor Israel that occupies the West Bank and Gaza—was willing to take him.
No single U.S. president in 18 years since The Patriot Act passed has ever used 412 to detain any non-citizens imprisoned on American soil who are deemed a “reasonable” threat to U.S. national security. Patriot Act (Section 412) gives the U.S. government extensive power to detain non-citizens on U.S. soil who cannot be deported, but on “reasonable grounds,” are considered to be involved in “activity that endangers the national security of the United States.”
Read more: Habeas Corpus? Trump Administration Uses Patriot Act Provision 412 To Indefinitely Detain Palestinian Man
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