Update 2: Great News!!! Yousef was granted asylum at his hearing today.
The son of a Hamas founder who became a Christian and an Israeli spy will be granted U.S. asylum after he passes a routine background check, an immigration judge ruled Wednesday.
Mosab Hassan Yousef got the news during a 15-minute deportation hearing after a U.S. Department of Homeland Security attorney said the government was dropping its objections.
The agency denied Yousef’s asylum request in February 2009, arguing that he had been involved in terrorism and was a threat to the United States.
Attorney Kerri Calcador gave no explanation for the government’s change of heart.
The immigration judge, Rico Bartolomei, ruled that Yousef will be allowed to remain in the United States after he is fingerprinted and passes a routine background check.
Fox News picked up on the story of the plight of Mosab Yousef yesterday. His deportation hearing is today. Yousef is certain that if he’s deported he will be executed. Please watch the video below.
Also, the Obama administration is actively working with Hamas. Is that a coincidence?
Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn collected signatures supporting Yousef. No democrats would sign on to support this man.
I’m not sure what more can be done other than to say a prayer.
Update: The editors of NRO wrote a piece defending Yousef yesterday that’s worth a read. The conclusion:
If Yousef returns to the West Bank, he risks execution. Obviously, DHS doesn’t believe he’s a threat, or it would detain him; in fact, the FBI has advised DHS that Yousef is not a threat. He has converted to Christianity and has become vocal critic of Islam.
Yousef has a hearing tomorrow at which a judge will decide on his appeal for asylum. This shouldn’t be a complicated call for the judge or anyone else — Yousef deserves asylum. If our immigration system can’t distinguish between him and a true terrorist, it’s more witless and perverse than even we imagined.