Fewer Christian Refugees in America Under Trump

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On Tuesday, the Court Evangelicals met with the President to pray for him and discuss policy.  According to Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s report at The Washington Post, one of the things discussed was “international religious freedom.”  She writes:

[Liberty University’s Johnnie] Moore described Trump as “strong and focused as I’ve ever seen him.” Monday’s meeting came as Trump has been embroiled in reports about his family’s ties to Russia.

“He was in ll was well. He was happy and joking.”

He said many of the leaders there are hoping the White House will appoint someone to become an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a position that was held by Rabbi David Saperstein until Trump took office.

I am trying to reconcile the Court Evangelical’s desire for an “ambassador-at-large” for “international religious freedom” with their support for Trump’s travel ban on refugees.

This became clear to me when I read Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra’s recent piece at Christianity Today titled “It’s Official: Fewer Persecuted Christians Find Refuge in America Under Trump.”

Here is a taste of her piece:

Approximately 14,000 fewer Christian refugees will arrive in the United States this fiscal year, as President Donald Trump’s policies lead to the fewest resettlements in a decade.

Today, resettlement agencies hit Trump’s new ceiling of 50,000 refugees, three months before the end of the federal government’s fiscal year on September 30. And as CT predicted, Christians fell far short of last year’s intake.

“At this point, World Relief expects that the only additional arriving cases after today will be individuals who have a close family member already in the US,” Matthew Soerens, US director of church mobilization for the National Association of Evangelicals’ humanitarian arm, told CT. (“Close family” means a parent, parent-in-law, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son- or daughter-in-law, or sibling, according to State Department guidelines.)

A total of 22,637 Christians have been resettled in the US in fiscal 2017, compared to 36,822 in fiscal 2016, according to State Department data.

Read the rest here.