The State Department Turns Its Back on Syrian Christians and Other Non-Muslim Refugees

Why are there so few Christian refugees arriving to be welcomed by western churches? In an article posted November 2 at the National Review Nina Shea, former commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, writes:

Over the past five years of Syria’s civil war, the United States has admitted a grand total of 53 Syrian Christian refugees, a lone Yazidi, and fewer than ten Druze, Bahá’ís, and Zoroastrians combined. That so few of the Syrian refugees coming here are non-Muslim minorities is due to American reliance on a United Nations refugee-resettlement program that disproportionately excludes them. 

Unfortunately, the UN processes refugees only at its refugee camp sites, which are too dangerous for Christians—at which Islamic militants harass, kill, rape, kidnap, traffic and extort them and where they are under constant pressure to convert to Islam, pay protection (jizya), or forfeit their lives.

As Jerry Gordon of the New English Review states (Emphasis, mine.):

It is clear … that without Congress amending the Refugee Act of 1980 the State Department is fostering the extinction of Middle East Christians by adhering to UNHCR allotment criteria. If they cannot be provided sanctuary and asylum in the US, under the current UNHCR definitions, then special waivers should be granted lifting those restrictions to utilize the special P2/P3 Family Reunification Visa program.

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