How many persecuted Christians from the Middle East have been resettled in the US this year?
Not 23,000. Not 2300. 23.
In this same time period in 2016 (January-June), the number was 1,574. This represents a decline of 98.5%. When the first travel ban and suspension of the refugee resettlement program was put into place in early 2017, the administration promised the changes would result an increased benefit to persecuted Christians. Those from Syria were mentioned specifically, and yet they have become perhaps the most unwelcome.
My friend Matt Soerens made a great observation this week: “A few years ago, in solidarity with persecuted Middle Eastern Christians, many American evangelicals changed their profile pictures to ن , a symbol ISIS used to identify Christians . . . How will we respond now as the U.S. turns its back on these same people?”
Sometimes, advocating for the world’s most vulnerable people means appealing to our elected and appointed officials. Currently, they have the greatest ability to use our abundance of resources to help people in genuine crisis. This includes many of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who are being persecuted because of their faith. I signed this letter imploring our national leaders to raise the refugee ceiling and to restart refugee admissions which have effectively been ground to a halt. I would encourage you to pray and read up on these issues, and then sign the letter below.