by Gary Bauer 9/8/16
The Obama Administration has made resettling Syrian refugees in the United States a top priority. In spite of overwhelming public opposition — only 36% of Americans support Obama’s plan — the president set an ambitious goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees and he met that goal.
In fact, according to a recent report by Fox News, Obama exceeded that goal — resettling 10,801 Syrian refugees in the United States over the past year. Incredibly, however, 10,722 of them are Muslims. That’s 99.3%.
Just 56 of the 10,801 refugees are Christians.
Even though Secretary of State John Kerry has previously acknowledged that radical Islamists are committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, our refugee policy overwhelmingly benefits Muslims.
This doesn’t make any sense and actually violates the letter of the law. I am not suggesting that Muslims aren’t suffering. But as we have previously noted, U.S. law specifically states that religious minorities are to be granted preference in our refugee policy.
When it comes to the Middle East, Christians — not Muslims — are among the minority. So how can it be that so few are being admitted?
My friend Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, blasted the Obama Administration, saying, “This is de facto discrimination and a gross injustice.” I couldn’t agree more.