Obama and Kerry didn’t see that coming.
Via Christian Post:
Hours after Sec. of State John Kerry declared that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced a bill to prioritize Christian and religious minorities in the United States’ Syrian refugee resettlement program.
The Religious Persecution Relief Act, which was introduced by Cotton Thursday, is legislation that would require the U.S. government to designate 10,000 refugee resettlement slots every year for the next five years for Syrian religious minorities.
Additionally, the bill will fast-track the U.S.’s review process for religious minorities who do not register with the United Nations because of fear of persecution inside of refugee camps. This will allow for those persecuted individuals to circumvent the U.N. process by allowing them to apply for resettlement directly at U.S.-funded refugee support centers in northern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
As hundreds of thousands of religious minorities have been tortured, killed, raped and displaced in Syria and Iraq, Cotton argued in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday that President Barack Obama’s refugee resettlement plan, which only aims to bring in a total of 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, is “ill-considered.”
“The United States unwisely relies on the United Nations for all referrals of refugees seeking resettlement, Christians and other religious minorities fleeing persecution are the victims of unintentional discrimination when seeking asylum and protection in the United States,” Cotton stated.