According to Christian Freedom International, a charity that assists in the resettlement of Christian refugees, issued a statement today in support of President Trump's executive order that would have limited the entry of the nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries temporarily. Currently, the order has been put on hold due to a ruling by a federal court in San Francisco. Observers continue to note that despite the persecution largely against Christians, not only in conflictive Syria and the Middle East but also elsewhere in the Muslim world, Christian refugees are admitted in very few numbers. President Trump has vowed to issue a new executive order to accomplish his goal.
 
A release circulated by CFI stated that leftists are not satisfied with the numbers of refugees entering the United States and that its "border should be open for all."  CFI opined that leftist activists appear to care only about the resettlement of Muslims refugees and "rarely, if ever, speak out for persecuted minority Christian refugees. Why?"
 
The release from CFI claims that the Obama administration admitted more Muslim refugees to the U.S. than any time in American history. It said that the reasons for this "may be political."
 
According to a July 22, 2016 report by Pew Research, it said, Muslims are far more likely to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party (70%) than the Republican Party (11%), and to prefer a bigger government providing more services (68%) over a smaller government providing fewer services (21%). 
 
"In other words, Muslim refugees, when they become eligible to vote," said the CFI statement, "overwhelmingly support the Democratic Party and remain on public assistance. Christians, on the other hand, are more likely to vote with the Republican Party and become self-sufficient.
 
"Tragically, this could be one of the major reasons persecuted minority Christians were basically ignored these past eight years." 
 
The CFI statement went on to declare that "Refugee resettlement should be based on persecution and threat of death, not on politics."
 
According to the statement, CFI President Jim Jacobson said, "There is strong evidence that many Muslims hold views that clash with Western norms."
 
The statement cited examples:
 
  • British recorded more than 11,000 "honor" crimes between 2010 and 2014. A British think tank counted 18 honor killings in that country from 2010 to 2014.
 
  • A 2013 survey sponsored by Pew Research Center found that 99 percent of Muslims in Afghanistan and 91 percent of Iraqi Muslims favored making Sharia law the official law of their countries. 
 
  • A 2011 Pew survey found that 40 percent of Pakistani Muslims believed it is often or sometimes justified to kill a woman engaged in premarital sex or adultery in order to protect the family's honor.
 
  • Of the 10,000 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. over the past 12 months, less than .5 percent were persecuted minority Christians. 
President Trump said on Thursday that his administration will issue a new immigration executive order next week that should satisfy the federal court decision that paused his travel ban. During his news conference, Trump said, "The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision." The president referenced a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that upheld a stay on his travel ban.
 
The Justice Department has told the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that it does not need a larger panel of judges to rehear its failed emergency challenge to a lower court's temporary suspension of Trump's executive order on immigration, because a new order is forthcoming.  The Ninth Circuit agreed on the evening of February 16 to put any rehearing of the matter on hold for now.
 
In a lengthy brief, the Justice Department criticized the "seriously flawed" Ninth Circuit ruling, but said "(r)ather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the order and replace it with a new, substantially revised executive order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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