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With whom does the burden of proof lie?

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Submitted by Stu Fagin (United States), Jan 30, 2017 at 22:08

Suppose that, even after this well thought out screening process is carried out, there is great uncertainty as to whether the applicant is an Islamist. Should the policy in this case be to admit or deny admission? Is the burden of proof with the state to show the applicant is Islamist, in order to deny admission? Or is the burden of proof with the applicant to show he or she is not an Islamist?

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My opinion: If there's great uncertainty, the burden is on the applicant to prove he is not an Islamist.

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