Stuart Varney of Fox Business was outraged that the number of Syrian Christians was negligible. He discussed the situation with Zuhdi Jasser on Tuesday.
STUART VARNEY: The ten thousand Syrian refugees admitted to the United States. There’s an interesting story here — will you break down those numbers, E-Mac.Plus, the administration doesn’t intend to stop importing Syrian Muslims but plans to continue at full speed. As the Washington Times reported on Monday: 30,000 more Syrian refugees waiting in the wings as Obama hits 10,000 goal ahead of schedule.
ELIZABETH MacDONALD: Muslims, there’s 9945; Christians, just 52. Remember, John Kerry said Yes there’s Christian genocide going on, but he only did that after the House of Representatives voted unanimously saying Yes there is genocide of Christians going on in the Middle East.
VARNEY: 9945 Muslims, 52 Christians are coming in — got it. Zuhdi Jasser is with us this morning. Zuhdi, can you explain this to our viewers? 9945 Muslims and 52 Christians — I thought it was the Christians who are being killed and slaughtered.
ZUHDI JASSER: Well Stuart, this is what happens when you don’t have ideological vetting, when we just sort of let first-come first-serve, you’re not going to actually be fair. This is why vetting is so important because the Christians are not Islamist. We have to vet against Islamists and then the numbers will follow. And the Christians are getting it from both sides. The Assadists, the Assad regime works with Hezbollah and the radical Shia element and then the ISIS Islamists are radical Sunni elements, so caught in the middle are the Christian community. They can’t even go to the refugee camps because they get persecuted there, so we have to make an effort to bring them out —active effort to do so, and when the State Department doesn’t, they just Sunniso new Muslim.
VARNEY: See, I’m not looking for a religious test: I’m far from it. I’m looking for a genuine refugee test — who are the genuinely persecuted people? Bring them in, that’s America’s role. I got no problem with that no matter who they are.
JASSER: Exactly — we’re at war, we’re at war against political Islam the Islamist that have a theo-political ideology that hates the West, hates freedom and democracy, that includes from a tough-love perspective, an ideology within the Muslim community — but not all Muslims — and so far even before, it used to be 50-50 Christians of the 30,000. The last 10,000 has been all Sunni Muslim because we have no longer been vetting. I mean, when Secretary Kerry yesterday in Bangladesh makes this statement “Oh too bad the media’s paying too much attention to terrorism, they just shouldn’t even pay attention to it” — that tells you where the radar of the State Department is, and unfortunately the Christian community is caught in the middle and is being ignored.
VARNEY: Let me fill that in for you, exactly what John Kerry said yesterday in the media: “If you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist… you can make some noise. Perhaps the media should do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.” That’s the Secretary of State from the United States of America saying that kind of thing. What is this?
JASSER: I don’t even know. I’m speechless. We hear our Secretary of State as we take in thousands of refugees, most of whom need refuge, as you are seeing, Stuart, but if we don’t vet for the ideologies that threaten us that lead to terrorism, if we don’t have a barometer in which to predict and know what are the precursors for radicalization which is Islamism, that he’s going to make ridiculous utterances like this that completely portray him as either being a fool or trying to deceive America. And Americans are smart, and I hope as we head towards the election season, we start to get politicians that really understand what keeps America safe.
Interestingly, ZERO Syrian refugees were sent to Obama’s home state Hawaii or Joe Biden’s New Jersey: dangerous Muslim diversity for little citizens, but not for the neighborhoods of the top elites.
Christians Need Not Apply: Few Syrian Christian Refugees Allowed into US, CBN, August 30, 2016
The Obama administration has surpassed its goal of receiving 10,000 Syrian refugees by Oct. 1, but very few of the new arrivals are Christian.
The official count for the fiscal year reached 10,126 resettled Syrians when 224 refugees arrived Monday. They are among 12,000 Syrian refugees interviewed earlier this year in Jordan by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Although 1 million Christians have fled Syria, Christians comprise only 0.51 percent of the refugee total. More than 98 percent of those allowed into the United States this fiscal year are Sunni Muslims, the largest Islamic sect in Syria comprising 74 percent of that population.
Some Christians believe the Syrian Christian immigration numbers should be much higher; the percentage of those allowed into the United States should reflect their percentage of the population in Syria.
Last September, President Obama pledged to increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to enter the United States. He set a goal of 10,000, six times the number of those allowed to enter the U.S. in FY 2015 when a total of 1682 were admitted – that compared to only 105 Syrian refugees admitted in FY 2014.
Although Christians are 10 percent of the Syrian population, only 100 Syrian Christian refugees have been allowed to enter the United States since the start of the civil war more than five years ago.
Why so few Christians?
Earlier this year some of the Republican presidential candidates–Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump said greater immigration priority should be given to Syrian Christians over Muslims.
President Obama has argued there should be no religious litmus test for admitting Syrian refugees. He said such a policy would be un-American.
“When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians, proven Christians, should be admitted, that’s offensive and contrary to American values,” the president said.
Last March, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that atrocities committed by the Islamic State against Yazidis, Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria constituted genocide.
But so far, the genocide declaration has not changed the number of affected minorities allowed into the United States. In addition to receiving only 52 Christians this fiscal year, the government has only admitted 14 Yazidis and 20 Shi’a Muslims into the country (official figures released before the Monday arrivals).
The Obama administration has yet to announce its goal for next year, but immigration observers expect the number to be set at 20,000. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she’d like to see the number increased to 65,000.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that would amount to a 500 percent increase in Syrian refugees admitted into the country. He has called it a “bigger version of the legendary Trojan Horse.”
He and other Republicans say the government lacks a thorough vetting program for the refugees and the current process exposes the people of the U.S. to the possibility of more Islamic terror attacks like those that occurred in San Bernardino and Orlando.