While religious freedom is woven into the fabric of the American dream, many people around the world lack this fundamental human right. Today, terrorists in Kenya stormed a university, killing seventy people, and leaving over 100 injured.
The target? Students gathered for a Christian religious service at Garissa University College. One witness states that the hostages were separated by religion, and only Muslims were spared. Christians, in particular, were targeted by these terrorists.
Making matters significantly worse is the government's inability to protect the Kenyan people, due to a critical shortage of police officers. Targeted religious persecution, such as what these Kenyan college students suffered today, is a strong basis for an asylum claim.
If an applicant can demonstrate that they have been or will be persecuted simply on account of their religious beliefs, they are eligible for asylum and may be granted refuge in the United States. In other words, if a Kenyan in the United States converts to Christianity -- even after being here for years -- that person can also apply for asylum.
For more information on asylum, call the south Florida team of Blandon Law, located in Weston. Our number is 954-385-0157.