Refugees from ISIS, both internal to Syria and Iraq as well as those who’ve fled to the four corners of the world, have not always had an even shake when it came to entering the United States. At least when Barack Hussein Obama was president.
With dozens of various armed factions and self-styled militias have been slaughtering Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, Alawite Muslims by the truckload, few will argue that the Middle Eastern Christians have been a special target for just about everyone with the exception of the Muslim Kurds of Northern Iraq and Syria who for years have fought with and for their Christian friends and neighbors.
More than a few eyebrows were raised during the years of the Obama administration when it came to refugees from the war-torn Middle East being admitted into the land of the free.
An excellent example of such was published but the none-too conservative Newsweek magazine during the closing months of Obama’s term;
The headline for this column—The U.S. Bars Christian, Not Muslim, Refugees From Syria—will strike many readers as ridiculous.
But the numbers tell a different story: The United States has accepted 10,801 Syrian refugees, of whom 56 are Christian. Not 56 percent; 56 total, out of 10,801. That is to say, one-half of 1 percent.
The BBC says that 10 percent of all Syrians are Christian, which would mean 2.2 million Christians. It is quite obvious, and President Barack Obama and Secretary John Kerry have acknowledged it, that Middle Eastern Christians are an especially persecuted group.
So how is it that one-half of 1 percent of the Syrian refugees we’ve admitted are Christian, or 56, instead of about 1,000 out of 10,801—or far more, given that they certainly meet the legal definition?
The definition: someone who “is located outside of the United States; is of special humanitarian concern to the United States; demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.”
Somewhere between a half million and a million Syrian Christians have fled Syria, and the United States has accepted 56. Why?
But as the old adage goes: That was then, this is now. As reported in part by the Breitbart.com news service;
Under President Donald Trump, more Christian refugees have been admitted to the United States in the first six months of 2017 than Muslim refugees, a departure from the Obama-era.
Since Trump took office in January through June 30, nearly 9,600 refugees who are affiliated with the Christian faith have been resettled in the U.S., accounting for roughly 50 percent of all refugee resettlements, according to research by Pew.
Meanwhile, 7,250 Muslim refugees have been admitted in that same time period, or about 38 percent of all admissions, breaking with former President Obama’s refugee resettlement norms where foreign Muslims were the largest religious group resettled in the country.
Beginning in February of this year, the share of Muslim refugees being admitted to the U.S. has increasingly gotten smaller, with the portion of Muslims dipping to just 29 percent of all refugee resettlements in May.
Interestingly enough, since the spike of Muslim refugees allowed in during the Obama years, so have the number of “Islamic villages” popping up from rural South Carolina to just outside of Anchorage, Alaska.
As posted by the Clarion Project in 2014, a terrorist-linked group calling themselves the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) is bragging of the “22 ‘Islamic villages’ around the country, including the one named ‘Mahmoudberg’ in Sweeny, Texas.”
Other pinpointed communes include;
- Islamberg in Hancock, NY
- Holy Islamville in York County, South Carolina
- Islamville in Dover, Tennessee
- Hasanville in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada
- Madinah Village near Commerce, Georgia
- Aliville in Odum, Georgia
- Ahmadabad West in Red House, Virginia
- One with an unknown name in Meherrin, Virginia
Deputy Director Hussein Adams said that MOA has a “community” near Anchorage, Alaska. This is the first time that a MOA enclave has been reported in the state.