Donald Trump recently signed an executive order expanding upon Obama’s Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, effectively banning for 90 days the issuance of visas to citizens from “countries of particular concern.” However, per a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump stated that Christian refugees seeking asylum in the United States will receive priority under the law:
“We are going to help them. They’ve been horribly treated,” Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview set to air Sunday.
“Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, and the reason that was so unfair — everybody was persecuted in all fairness — but they were chopping off the heads of everybody, but more so the Christians,” he told CBN’s David Brody.
Upon being asked if he sees persecuted Christians “as kind of a priority” when it comes to granting non-citizens refugee status, Trump told Brady: “Yes.”
Naturally, the liberal media erupted when they heard this. But as Trump puts it — and as the numbers show — he’s simply correcting a past injustice:
Previous administrations made it “almost impossible” for Syrian Christian refugees to gain admission, Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network Friday, although they were “horribly treated” in their country.“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible,” he said. “I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
The numbers regarding refugees from Syria in particular actually bolster Trump’s case. Obama admitted more than 12,000 Muslim refugees from Syria in Fiscal Year 2016, but fewer than 100 Christian refugees from the same country. Christians make up about 10 percent of the population in Syria, some 2.2 million people. Yet they only made up about one-half of one percent of Syrian refugees admitted that year.
Let’s be clear: Trump’s fix for the refugee crisis certainly could have been handled better. However, the numbers don’t lie — and the fact of the matter is that Obama grossly prioritized Middle Eastern Muslim refugees over Middle Eastern Christians.