Federal Judge: Why So Few Christian Refugees?

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 28, 2016   

"[Of] the nearly 11,000 refugees admitted by mid-September, only 56 were Christian"

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CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - A federal judge directed questions at Obama's administration concerning the almost total lack of Christians among the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees forced on states this year by the federal government.

In his opinion regarding Syrian refugees and the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Judge Daniel Manion of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote last week of his "concern about the apparent lack of Syrian Christians as a part of immigrants from that country."
Judge Manion noted that roughly 10 percent of the population of Syria is Christian, "and yet less than one half of one percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian."
The lawsuit occasioning Justice Manion's rejoinder was a FOIA act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by the Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, a liberal advocacy group. The group's stated purpose in the case was to "discredit" the government's classification of alleged terrorist organizations mingling with the refugees. In his opinion the judge labeled the near-total lack of Christians among the Syrian refugees as a separate but linked enigma.
In his remarks, the judge pointed out President Obama's seeming discriminatory aid towards those in need.
Recognizing the crisis in Syria, the President in 2015 set a goal of resettling 10,000 refugees in the United States. And in August the government reached this laudable goal. And yet, of the nearly 11,000 refugees admitted by mid‐September, only 56 were Christian. To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy.
Compared to Muslim refugees, the lack of Middl-Eastern Christians fleeing the genocidal onslaught of ISIS given asylum in the United States is even more questionable in light of the overwhelming evidence that ISIS is specifically targeting Christians.


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