This bill is vitally important to the future of millions of persecuted Christians.
For centuries, millions of Christians have been the victims of religious persecution in numerous countries around the world. However, in recent months brutality against members of the Christian faith in Iraq and Syria has been escalated beyond every historical level by the Islamic terror group ISIS. Christians and Yazidis in Syria and Iraq have been forced from their homes, abducted, tortured, raped and murdered. Throughout a region spanning Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran and Pakistan ISIS and al-Qaida repeatedly declare their intention to exterminate believers of every other faith.
On Easter Sunday, a most sacred day to Christians everywhere, a Taliban faction in Pakistan sent a suicide bomber into an amusement park full of Christians- mostly women and children--just to make the statement that they are now in the area. 74 people have died and hundreds more were injured. "The target was Christians," spokesman for the faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan reportedly said. "We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore."
It is appalling that under the current administration, our government does not consider these grievous acts sufficient to offer the sanctuary of asylum to human beings targeted for death because of their faith in Christ.
Last November, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher introduced legislation that designates Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the Middle East as targets of genocide. The bill provides for the expedited processing of 'immigrant and refugee status' for such individuals.
According to CFI president Jim Jacobson, "the Obama Administration makes it impossible for persecuted Christians to seek asylum in the U.S. At the same time, the Obama Administration is allowing tens of thousands of Muslims to pour into the country."
Here is the Bill summary written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress:
The Department of Homeland Security shall provide for expedited visa processing and shall ensure that such applications receive first priority among refugee and (family- or employment-based) immigrant applications for an alien who: is a citizen or national of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, or Libya, or in the case of an alien having no nationality, whose country of last habitual residence was Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, or Libya; is a Christian or Yazidi; and is seeking refugee or immigrant admission to the United States.
"Congress should act immediately to save as many Christians as possible," says Jacobson.
Send Congress, the President, and Secretary of State Kerry the message that Christians suffering genocidal persecution deserve at least the same consideration as other refugees.
Christian Freedom International is a non-denominational 501c3 human rights organization for religious liberty providing real solutions to conditions of human misery caused by religious persecution.
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