Christian and interfaith organization leaders have spoken out against a proposal by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and supported by 10 other House Republicans to discriminate against Muslims in admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq. The proposal, introduced in September, would prioritize religious minorities in those Muslim majority countries for refugee status.

The proposal, which doesn't mention Muslims specifically, but would arguably have the effect of excluding them, has been strongly condemned by Christian and interfaith groups according to the Huffington Post, which writes:

" ' We're worried that this is part of a trend of anti-Muslim bigotry infecting the world response to this humanitarian crisis, and its a crisis that's affecting Syrians of all religious and ethnic backgrounds.' Catherine Osborne, director of an interfaith group called Shoulder to Shoulder said. 'And we've heard particularly inflammatory and fear-mongering language language that's directed explicitly at Muslim refugees.' "

Huffpost also quotes Ron Degges, president of the Christian group Disciples Home Missions as saying:

"Syrian Christians should continue to be resettled in the United States. But they are no more deserving of life, safety and resettlement than our sisters and brothers who practice Islam and other faiths."

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) also criticized the proposal, according to the same Huffpost story, saying:

"Some have suggested that only Christians should be allowed in this country as refugees...That is un-American and it's contradicted by our over 200 years of history. I would hope we would not go there."


Meanwhile Donald Trump, in an apparent reversal of his previous statement that the US should take in at least some Syrian refugees for humanitarian reasons, now says that if he is elected president, he will send all Syrian refugees in the United States back. Gotta give The Donald credit for not discriminating. He would send everyone back to the hellhole.

For an interesting, and highly relevant comparison between Trump's anti- immigrant fear mongering and Senator Joseph McCarthy's attempt to exploit fears of alleged "Communist sympathizers" during the 1950's, see:

The Atlantic: The New McCarthyism of Donald Trump, July 21

Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

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