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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.
Mr. Yousef said for now he intends to continue public speaking against terrorism and what he has called the main cause of terrorism in the Middle East, Islam.
"I want to help increase the security awareness of the American public," Mr. Yousef said. "This is the responsibility of every citizen. It is about international security."
Yousef said he could not explain the turnaround. His attorney Steven Seick said he was "totally surprised."
Yousef was free during his asylum case, settling in San Diego after coming to the U.S. on a tourist visa in 2007. He said he wants to become a U.S. citizen and pursue a master's degree in history or geography.
The point of war is to end war. Nothing more. It's a self destructive system.