Syrian Christian Refugees – Following the latest executive order to deny US visas to immigrants from 7 Majority Muslim countries, President Trump says he would give priority to persecuted Christian refugees from Syria.
Trump made this known during his interview with CBN on Friday.
For some unknown reason, he believes the Muslims before now were given more access to the US than the Christians among them.
“They’ve been horribly treated. 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 and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians.”
“And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
Backing up President Trump’s Claims, Pew Research Center shows that 99% of the nearly 12,600 Syrians granted refugee status last year were Muslims while less than 1% were Christian.
However, CIA records suggest that since Syria is a Muslim majority country that it is only logical that more Muslims are admitted into the United States – Syria’s population comprise of 87% Muslim and 10% Christian.
According to President Trump, Syrian Christian refugees will be considered and helped by his administration.
Perhaps this indicates that the immigration ban may be amended to be more inclusive.
Reacting to the idea that Syrian Christian refugees will be considered first before Muslims, the president of World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, Scott Arbeiter, says it will bring marginalization among refugees.
Scot heads one of the several agencies that partner with the federal government to resettle refugees.
“We would resist that strongly,”
“Some of the most vulnerable people in the world right now are Muslims. If we say no Muslim should be let in, we are denying the humanity and dignity of people made in the image of God.”
It remains to be seen, what will be President Trump’s next move.