WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - A poll released by non-partisan Politico is revealing President Trump's executive order — temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries — is, so far, the public's most favored.
The poll comes during a time when the U.S. bishops have critiqued Trump, labeling the order "non-Christian" and "a dark moment in U.S. history."
The National Catholic Register, however, claims the order "echoes the need for protections which is delineated in the Catechism," and adds "the decision regarding how many immigrants a nation can support should fall not to the Church and the clergy – who are warm-hearted and who seek to bring Christ's love to all but who may lack understanding of political realities."
In an interview with the Washington Post, several Christian Syrian refugees spoke in favor of the president's ban. Elias Shetayh, a Syrian-born U.S citizen, said "Trump is right, in a way, to do what he's doing. This country is going into a disaster."
Another Syrian Christian added, "We would not like to bring refugees for a simple reason: we do not know their background. We're concerned about if, God forbid, a terrorist attack happened here ... that we're all labeled as bad people."
In the same order banning Muslim refugees, President Trump gave preference to Christians in the Middle East. When signing the order Trump said, "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people."
"They've been horribly treated," he said. "Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian it was almost impossible."
According to a poll released Tuesday, the majority of people in 10-leading European countries support a Trump-styled ban. To the statement "All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped," a whopping 71-percent in Poland said they agree.
In President Trump's first 12 days in office, he signed 18 executive orders, one less than Obama's first 12 days in office.
The recent Politico poll surveyed approval ratings for 11 of Trump's 18 executive orders — all of the orders had higher approval ratings than disapproval ratings.