WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is easing the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and other immigrants who have given "limited" support to terrorists or terrorist groups.
It's one of the first administration actions on immigration announced since President Barack Obama pledged to use more executive actions during his State of the Union address in January.
The Homeland Security Department and the State Department now say that people considered to have provided "limited material support" to terrorists or terrorist groups no longer will automatically be barred from the United States.
Previously, anyone considered to have given support to terrorists would be barred from the United States under a post-Sept. 11 policy.
The policy change was published this past week in the Federal Register.