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Secretary of State clarifies INA “terrorist organization” definition as applied to foreign governments

  1. Date Announced

    April 24, 2019

    The Secretary of State exercised his discretion under INA § 212(d)(3)(B)(i) to determine that the “terrorist organization” definition in INA § 212(a)(3)(B)(vi)(III) does not apply to subdivisions of foreign governments, except when a group is designated under the INA § 219 Foreign Terrorist Organization provision or is “prohibited from benefiting from an exercise of authority under section 212(d)(3)(B)(i) of the INA for having engaged in terrorist activity against the United States or another democratic country, or having purposefully engaged in a pattern or practice of terrorist activity that is directed at civilians.”

    [ID #799]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 15, 2019
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Enforcement
Agencies Affected: DOS

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