Congressman: ‘Unconscionable’ Obama’s Syrian Refugee Surge Included No Christians

As we tweeted earlier in the week, Obama has essentially banned Christian refugees from entering the United States.


Source: Rep. Smith: ‘Unconscionable’ Record 499 Syrian Refugees Included No Christians

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said Thursday that it was “unconscionable” that of the record 499 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States in the first three weeks of May, not one was a Christian.

Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson cited that number, reported by on Monday, in his testimony on the urgent needs facing Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria.

Smith was speaking at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on what steps should be taken following Secretary of State Kerry’s March declaration that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) was committing genocide in Iraq and Syria against Christians and other religious minorities.

“They can’t even get into a UNHCR [U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees] or IDP [internally displaced persons] camp or a refugee camp, are unwanted, at risk,” Smith said of the Christians in Iraq and Syria.

“And as you [Anderson] pointed out a news report showed or indicated that of the 499 Syrian refugees admitted to the United States in May, not one – and I repeat and say again – not one was listed as being Christian or as explicitly coming from any of the groups targeted for genocide.”

“For me that has got to change,” Smith continued. “I mean that is unconscionable, it’s not like we haven’t been raising this for, in my case three years, in the cases of so many others, three years. And we’ve had hearing after hearing.”

“We’ve got the designation. Why aren’t Christians being focused upon?” Smith asked.

“Those who face genocide are a tiny fraction of the population,” Anderson said in his testimony. “They often must avoid official refugee camps because they are targeted for violence there by extremists. As a result, these minorities often do not get ‘official’ aid. This will continue to be the reality unless specific action is taken to bring the aid to where these minorities are forced to reside by continuing violence.”

“After World War II, there were approximately 50 million refugees, and only a small fraction were Jews. Yet the world understood that Jews, who had survived genocide, faced a qualitatively different situation, and deserved heightened consideration,” he continued.

Anderson said that Christian and Yezidi religious minorities, “as survivors of an ongoing genocide,” must “be prioritized in American policy decisions.”

Since the beginning of FY2016, 2,705 Syrian refugees have been resettled in the United States, as of Thursday, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.

Of them, 12 (0.44 percent) are Christians: five Catholics, two Orthodox, one Greek Orthodox and four refugees identified simply as “Christian.”

Another 10 of the 2,705 (0.36 percent) are Yazidis.

Johnny Oram, executive director of the Chaldean Assyrian Business Alliance, echoed Anderson’s concerns, saying that “as far as refugee admission to the United States the Christians have really been left out.”

“I’m not here to have a debate about religion and about Islam and Christianity but it seems 99 percent of the refugees that have been admitted to the United States are Muslim,” he said.

Anderson recommended that the United States appropriate funding and work with the UNHCR to “make provisions for locating and providing status to individuals – such as Yezidis and Christians – that have been targeted for genocide.”

“Many of these genocide survivors fear going into official U.N. refugee camps, where they are targeted,” he said.

He also urged Congress to pass legislation introduced by Sen Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.), the Religious Persecution Relief Act, which he said would “provide for overlooked minorities in the prioritization of refugees.”

Cotton’s bill would enable Syrian minorities to bypass the U.N. and apply directly to the U.S. resettlement program. It also set aside 10,000 refugee resettlement places annually, for five years, for Syrian religious minorities.

9 thoughts on “Congressman: ‘Unconscionable’ Obama’s Syrian Refugee Surge Included No Christians

  1. so why are you surprised at anything this muslim president does??? he hates our country and proves it everyday he breathes.

  2. obama will throw as much s**t against our national ‘wall’ he can. As with graffitti on veterans’ memorials all of it must be removed, All of it. We know the perpetrators by name and reputation and they need to be brought to justice.

  3. It’s not just Christians in Iraq and Syria but in all Muslim countries that need to be saved. I have an idea bring all the Christians here and ship all the Muslims to Muslim countries!

  4. Yes, it’s ‘unconscionable’ that Obama is allowed to openly and blatantly put up his THIRD FINGER in the face of the American people! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this picture of Obama is no accident–not by a long shot!!!! This ‘president’ is about as close to the anti-Christ as you can get! He most definitely has proven himself to be ANTI-CHRISTIAN!!!!!              

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  6. I have thought since I found out about Obama’s connection to the Muslim Brotherhood which he invites to the White House and works in his administration that these were the very ones that groomed him and trained him to run for president. I always thought that he had a lot of help and training to run for office in the first place I doubt he would have even thought of it if someone else hadn’t stepped in and pushed him along. You need to ask yourself just why is all of his school records under lock and key nobody has seen anything of just what kind of grades he was given or what kind of work he actually did. As far as I know no one at the colleges he claimed to have attended remembers him at all. So just who has been in the White House for almost 8 years doing all of the damage to the country that he can. Who is this guy anyway that would not lift a finger to help Christians that are being beheaded left and right? We don’t know and that is scary.

    • Wiki writes obama lived in an apartment hence little campus contact. You are right in that no one else remembers him. I think it is an ingrained reluctance to question too closely the first AFRICAN-American. His family was African.

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