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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

President Trump Reverses Obama's Anti-Christian Refugee Policy

By Rick Pearcey • July 19, 2017, 07:36 AM

Joseph Klein writes at Frontpagemag.com:

After declaring that Christians have "been horribly treated" by the refugee program under former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump has reversed the Obama administration's disgraceful discrimination against Christian refugees

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data, during the period from January 21, 2017 -- President Trump's first full day in office -- through June 30, "9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim."

From April through June 2017, Iraq was "the only Muslim-majority nation among the top six origin countries." The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. from January 21, 2017 through June 30, 2017 was 1,779. Comparing the number of refugee admissions from Syria for the entire month of January with the entire month of February 2017, the number dropped by nearly half. By June 2017, the number of refugees admitted from Syria was about 26 percent of the already low number of 673 admitted in February. 

"By contrast" Klein continues, "Pew Research Center reported that in fiscal year 2016 -- Barack Obama's last full fiscal year as president -- 'the U.S. admitted the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since data on self-reported religious affiliations first became publicly available in 2002.' Overall," Klein writes, "the number of Muslims admitted as refugees exceeded the number of Christians who were admitted."

With regard to Syria, Kelin states that, "of the 12,486 refugees from Syria admitted to the United States during that same fiscal year by the Obama administration, about 99 percent were Muslim and less than 1 percent were Christian. Estimates of the Christians' proportion of the total population of Syria have ranged from 5 to 10 percent since the onset of the Syrian civil war. Muslims made up 87% of Syria's total population."

"Christians and other religious minorities seeking refuge from genocide and persecution in Syria and other Muslim-majority countries are clearly the most at risk today if they are forced to remain in those countries," Klein states.

"Any just refugee policy for the United States," Klein writes, "must be based on the principle that those most at risk receive the highest priority in admission decisions. President Trump has tried valiantly to correct the misdeeds of the Obama administration by following that principle, which explains at least in part his administration's reversal of the number of Christian versus Muslim admissions."

Klein concludes: "When refugee admissions to the United States resume after President Trump's temporary suspension order expires, President Trump should continue to undo the Obama administration's inexcusable discrimination against Christian victims of Muslim jihadist persecution."

Read the entire Joseph Klein column.