Editor: I’m back and there is so much news I don’t know where to begin! I hope you have been able to follow my Twitter feed over the last ten days at Twitter, or here at RRW, where I posted the most interesting bits I came across while traveling.
This story is all over the internet, so I expect you have seen it already. I’m posting it to make the point that although the story is about the UK, the US should be cutting the UN completely loose from our decision-making process when choosing refugees for America for FY19. The UN tells the US which refugees to accept and from where, but that is changing under this President.
(As we speak, the deep state and the White House are surely at loggerheads over numbers for the coming year.)
From the Daily Mail:
Britain brings in 1,100 refugees from Syria in three months – but none are Christians despite their suffering in seven-year civil war
More than 1,100 Syrian refugees were brought into Britain in the first three months of this year – without a Christian among them.
Despite the suffering of Christians during seven years of civil war – including persecution by Islamic State – all the arrivals were Muslims.
And of 4,832 Syrians invited to settle here last year, only 11 were Christian.
The Barnabas Fund charity, which obtained the figures under Freedom of Information laws, said: ‘It is widely accepted that Christians constituted up to 10 per cent of Syria’s pre-war population, have been specifically targeted by jihadists and continue to be at risk.
‘Yet out of more than 1,000 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK this year there was not a single Christian.
‘As last year’s statistics more than amply demonstrate this is not a statistical blip. It is significant evidence of discrimination and the Government has a legal duty to take concrete steps to address this.’
The 1,112 Syrian refugees admitted to the UK this year were among 1,358 recommended for resettlement by the UN refugee agency UNHCR.
Of those picked by the UN agency, four were Christians but none made the final list.
Gay or disabled Muslims were apparently top priority.
Barnabas said UN criteria for resettlement took account of disability and sexual orientation, but did not give priority to those who may be targeted for their religious faith.
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Write to the White House and tell the President what you want to see in his FY19 “determination” letter to Congress. The State Department is preparing that now. The President gets to decide how many refugees (he sets a cap on the number) and from where they come and reports his decision to Congress for consultation in September.
And, don’t tell me that the White House doesn’t listen. You don’t know that! Surely you have the five minutes it would take to express your views. You know that the refugee contractors have a major campaign on-going to pressure the White House to significantly increase the number of refugees for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2018. You must counter their campaign.