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Christian Refugees: Don’t Bother Applying

Obama administration is focused on flood of Syrian refugees, as Christians are slighted

As promised by the Obama administration, Syrian refugees — a flood of them — have been admitted to the United States. In June 2016, the total number of refugees doubled compared to the month prior.

A total number of 2,381 refugees were admitted — and just 0.3 percent of them are Christians, CSN News reported. Of the total number, 2,364 are Sunni Muslim. That’s 99.2 percent of the total number of refugees allowed into the United States in June.

There were a total number of 2,381 refugees admitted — and 0.3 percent are Christians.

In comparison, in May only 1,069 refugees entered the United States. All but nine of them were Sunni Muslims and only two refugees were Christian.

Due to the ramp-up in admitted refugees, the United States is now on target to hit Obama’s promised 10,000 refugees in 2016. But in order to do so in such a short amount of time, corners must be cut.

“While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months, under the surge operation this will be reduced to three months, [regional refugee coordinator Gina] Kassem said,” The Associated Press reported in April.

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The United States has taken in a total of 5,186 refugees since the beginning of 2016. Of those thousands, only 20 — repeat, 20 — are Christians. Twelve of them identify as “Christian,” five as Catholic, one as Greek Orthodox, and two as Orthodox.

Just two short years ago, prior to the conflicts in Syria, the religious population included 74 percent Sunni Muslims and 10 percent Christians, according to the CIA World Factbook.

Since the beginning of the violence that has plagued Syria, the U.S. has accepted 7,059 refugees  — and a measly 0.96 percent of those people are Christian.

Two months ago, the United States declared the violence against Christians in the Middle East a genocide, but that declaration did not impact even slightly the small percentage of Christian refugees accepted.

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Christians in the Middle East as well as other minority groups face imminent death every day due to persecution and violence — and perhaps the United States can do better than a 0.3 percent admission rate.