23 SUR - Int'l J. on Hum Rts. 49 (2016)
Not So Safe and Sound

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                               NOT SO SAFE

                               AND SOUND'

                                    jamil Dakwar

         The U.S. Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act is another reminder
           that the immigrant population in the U.S. is increasingly Vulnerable


Despite its histarical role as a refuge for people 'from al over the warld seeking protection
and a new life, in recent year, the United States of Amer/La (U.S.) hos started to rol back
its human rignts protections for asylurn seekers. Jamil Dakwar describes how, in response
to the Paris attacks and other events in Europe and the U.S., which raised alarm over the
threat of terrorism, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation known as the SAFE Act that
specifically targets Syrian and Iraqi refugees and excludes them from protection in the U.S.
Dakwar notes now the growing IsIama phobic hysteria that has characterised much of the
U.S. presidential cycle is threatening to dismantle critical human rights protections and toe
domestic civil rights not anly offoreign-horn refugees seeking assistance in the U.S., but also
of minority communities already living in the country. These restrictive and discriminatory
immigration palicies have also targeted asylum-seekers arriving in the U.S. from Central
America with devastating consequences for families and young children. In explicitly denying
protections for Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing appalling danger, this article explores how
the SAFE Act vialates severa fundamental human rights aows and principles.

International human rights IRefugee protections IU.S. treaty obligations IConvention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) IConvention Relating to the Status of Refugees

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