While the administration has exceeded by almost 1,000 its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrians during the 2016 fiscal year, only 56 were Christian.
Tue, November 1, 2016
A Christian girl from Iraq takes refuge from the Islamic State in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan (Photo: © Getty Images)
In the course of a trial concerning a related issue, a federal judge chastised the Obama administration for allowing into the U.S. such a small number of Christian refugees from war-torn Syria, as reported by The Daily Signal.
While the administration exceeded by almost 1,000 its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrians to the U.S. (during the 2016 fiscal year), only 56 were Christian.
“To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy,” wrote Judge Daniel Manion.
“It is well-documented that refugees to the United States are not representative of that war-torn area of the world. Perhaps 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,” he added.
Thus, he concluded, we “remain in the dark as a humanitarian catastrophe continues.”
In addition, Manion pointed out that while the Obama administration demanded a high-level of evidence from states objecting to the resettling of refugees due to security concerns, it kept that information secret from those states.
In addition, the government is not forthright about telling the public or individual states what steps are taken to ensure terrorists are not posing as refugees with the goal of infiltrating the U.S.
Between a half- and one million Syrian Christian have left the country since the outbreak of the war that has seen their communities targeted for genocide by the Islamic State (ISI/ISIL) and other radical Islamist groups.
Manion clarified his comments were made “not to suggest that any refugee group is more or less welcome: quite the contrary,” but rather to point out the Obama administration is not willing to provide states with information about the refugees allowed to enter.
“It is at least possible that incidental affiliation with some Christian militia could lead an immigration officer to deny entry to Syrians on this basis. That would be a dubious consequence,” he wrote.