President Trump has signed an executive order asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to determine if the far-left group Antifa can be classified a terrorist organization — and to bar its members from entering the country.
A Tuesday memorandum signed by the outgoing president instructs Pompeo — in consultation with Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen and Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf — to “assess whether to classify” Antifa as a terrorist group, backing up a promise he made months ago.
“The Department of Justice has already publicly confirmed that actions by Antifa and similar groups meet the standard for domestic terrorism,” the memo reads.
“The violence spurred on by Antifa – such as hurling projectiles and incendiary devices at police, burning vehicles and violently confronting police in defiance of local curfews – is dangerous to human life and to the fabric of our nation.”
The order also states it would ensure “immigration benefits may be granted only