Two members of banned Kurdish group have entered Canada: U.S. official

Jeh Johnson told a congressional committee that two unnamed members of the Kurdistan Workers Party were set free by a U.S. immigration judge, fled to Canada, and are now seeking asylum there.

He said he was disappointed the men were allowed out of custody in the U.S.

“Not my preference,” Johnson said of a judge’s decision to free them. “They were released by the judge, and they fled to Canada and they are seeking asylum in Canada.”

The Kurdish militant group, also known as the PKK, remains listed as a terrorist entity in both the U.S. and Canada — which placed it on the list in 2002 because of its association with bombings and kidnappings in pursuit of Kurdish independence.