Obama administration rejecting Iraqi Christians seeking religious asylum in U.S.

Obama administration rejecting Iraqi Christians seeking religious asylum in U.S.
Refugees from Ramadi clog the roadways outside Baghdad. (Image: Corbis via Newsweek)

As J.E. Dyer wrote this morning, the gunman who opened fire on innocents at Umpqua Community College in Oregon asked his prospective victims what religion they were. If they gave the “wrong” answer — that they were Christian — they were summarily executed by a bullet to the head. In a real sense, the Obama administration is using the same shibboleth, turning away Iraqi Christians at the border, while granting asylum to thousands of Muslims.

The Daily Mail writes:

At least 27 of the targeted minority, known as Chaldeans, have been held in detention in San Diego since entering through the Mexican border this spring.

Now, after months of waiting, 22 have denied asylum and sent back across the Atlantic to Europe, as another five await a verdict.

In total, America had accepted just 727 fleeing Christians at the start of 2015 — a fraction of the 4,200 Muslims granted asylum — and few since.

While statistically there are far fewer Christians than Muslims in the region, Lisa Jones, executive director of Christian Freedom International, told Daily Mail Online the minority group appear to face greater obstacles to reach safety.

‘It makes no sense,’ Jones said.

‘These are people from a Christian culture like our own that needs protection from ISIS. It is harder for Christians to move around Iraq and Syria to even get the chance to seek asylum.

‘While many more Muslims are granted asylum over here, Christians are being systematically exterminated.’

As this video shows, the Islamic State has issued a deadline by which Christians in Iraq must convert to Islam or face the consequences.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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