Published On: Wed, Sep 16th, 2015

Refugee Crisis: US, UK ‘Ignoring Christians, Preferring Muslims’

Homeless Christians from Syria and Lebanon who manage to reach Western nations often suffer discrimination, says Gatestone Institute.
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Christian minorities forced out of their homes who manage to reach the United States and other Western nations sometimes encounter more trouble – so reports the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council.

In San Diego, California, for example, a group of over 25 Christians who fled the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq were detained for more than six months – until they were finally ordered deported earlier this month. Five of them were arrested for having provided false information,  localKPBS Radio reported, but all of them were held at the Otay detention center even as family members protested that they would sponsor them.

“They are being held without a real reason, ” said Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Chaldean community in San Diego, at one of the protests. “They’ve escaped hell. Let’s allow them to reunite with their families.”

Faith McDonnell, of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, said that the detainment of Iraqi Christians in San Diego “follows the disturbing pattern that we have seen from the State Department, of ignoring the particular targeting of Christians by ISIS – while giving preferential treatment for asylum to other groups with expedited processing…some of whom could very well be members of jihadist movements.”

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