President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will limit immigration and refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries to the USA for three months and acknowledged as "a priority" the importance to grant legal refugee status to the category of "persecuted Christians" by making explicit reference to the situation in Syria, and arguing that until now Christians fleeing the Syrian conflict were discriminated against by the admission policy by Washington towards refugee asylum seekers .
The considerations on the special treatment for Christian refugees were
expressed by Trump in an excerpt of an interview on Friday, January 27,
with the Christian Broadcasting Network, the media system founded by
tele-preacher Pat Robertson.
When the journalist asked if the changes he
introduced in the reception policy of refugees had a relation with the
situation of persecuted Christians, and if he considered this reality
as "a priority", Donald Trump responded in an affirmative manner.
"(Persecuted Christians) have been treated horribly" stressed the
President of the United States, adding that "if you were a Christian in
Syria it was impossible, very, very difficult to enter the United
States. If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a
Christian, it was almost impossible". Trump called this practice
"unjust". He acknowledged that "everybody was persecuted in all
fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so
the Christians, and this is why we will help them".
Statistics provided by the Pew Research Center last October do not
support Trump's argument. Pew research found that 38,901 Muslim refugees
entered the United States in fiscal year 2016 from all countries,
almost the same number, 37,521, as Christian refugees.
The executive order signed yesterday at the Pentagon by Trump to
restrict the entry of refugees in the United States was justified by the
President with the intent to "keep the radical Islamic terrorists" out
of the country.
In detail, the entry to the US for citizens of seven
predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq,
Somalia has been suspended for three months.
While US law experts begin
to brand each hypothetical project to select the entry of refugees and
migrants in the US based on religion as anti-constitutional.