It has been reported that Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, was granted asylum in San Diego immigration court yesterday, by Immigration Judge Richard Bartolomei.
Yousef, a Palestinian, first entered the United States on a tourist visa. The basis for his asylum application was that he had spent a decade spying on the Hamas for Israel, and he feared fatal repercussions should he be returned home. Mr. Yousef's application was supported by 22 members of Congress and two members of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.
Homeland Security initially took the position that Yousef had engaged in terrorist activities and constituted a danger to the United States, and was therefore in opposition to his application for asylum. At the hearing yesterday they reversed their position and did not oppose the granting of asylum after a brief 15 minute hearing. Undoubtedly, the Congressional support Yousef received influenced their decision.
Congratulations Mr. Yousef!