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The Right-Wing’s Broken Moral Compass

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Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and 114 conservatives in the House of Representatives are pushing hard for a bill — the REAL ID Act — that would make it more difficult for people persecuted for their religious beliefs to receive asylum in the United States. Under the legislation, many refugees tortured, raped and brutalized on the basis of their race, national origin, or political opinions would also be turned away. Sensenbrenner claims the law is necessary “to prevent another 9/11-type attack by disrupting terrorist travel.” But current law already bars anyone who poses a security risk from being granted asylum.