USCIS Fact Sheet on Secretary Chertoff's 4/27/07 Material Support Memo
Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07051164 (posted May. 11, 2007)"
This USCIS Fact Sheet addresses DHS Secretary Chertoff’s exercise of authority under Section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) of the INA in a 4/27/07 Memo. Secretary Chertoff established a framework for potential exemption from inadmissibility to persons who provided material support to terrorist organizations under duress. The Memo discusses duress-related factors, as well factors considered when evaluating the "totality of the circumstances." The Memo is significant for asylum and refugee applicants, many of whom have previously been barred as a danger to the security of the U.S.