President Barack Obama surpassed his target of bringing in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, but he seemed to have left out an important group.
Of the 10,801 Syrian refugees the Obama administration has admitted to the United States, only 56 were Christian.
Clip via Fox News Channel
Christians are the group that are most at risk in Syria — or any Muslim-dominate country for that matter.
The number of Christian refugees represents only a shade over one-half of one percent, even though Christians make up roughly 10 percent of the Syria’s population.
Much of the rationale behind admitting Syrian refugees into the United States is the targeting of certain religious groups by Islamic State terrorists.
“In my judgment, Daesh [ISIS] is responsible for genocide against groups in territory under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims,” Kerry said at the State Department, according to Fox News.
Although Sunni Muslims are not targeted by Islamic State militants, they make up the vast majority of refugees — 10.6 thousand — while Yazidis and Shiite Muslims — other targeted religious groups, according to Kerry — also weren’t brought over in appreciable numbers.
Although Kerry also accused the Islamic State of “ethnic cleansing” and “crimes against humanity,” the administration doesn’t seem to be doing much about it.
When questioned on why so few members of the targeted groups made it over, a State Department spokesman told Fox News that religion was only one of many factors that was used, prompting critics to denounce the administration.
“It’s disappointingly disproportional,” Matthew Clark, senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), told FoxNews.com. “[The Obama administration has] not prioritized Christians and it appears they have actually deprioritized them, put them back of the line and made them an afterthought.”
“This is de facto discrimination and a gross injustice,” Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom said.
“This Christian community is dying,” she added. “I fear that there will be no Christians left when the dust settles.”
Sen. Tom Cotton introduced legislation that would concentrate the refugee program on targeted groups.
“We must not only recognize what’s happening as genocide, but also take action to relieve it,” the Arkansas Republican said.
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