ACLJ Demands Obama Admin. Show How It's Helping Persecuted Christians After Only 56 Granted Asylum

A family of Syrian refugees are being interviewed by authorities in hope of being approved for passage to Canada at a refugee processing centre in Amman, Jordan, November 29, 2015. | (Photo: Reuters/Paul Chiasson/Pool)

The American Center for Law and Justice is calling on the Obama administration to provide documentation showing what it's doing to help Christians suffering persecution and genocide in Syria following revelations that less than 1 percent of all admitted refugees are religious minorities seeking asylum.

The conservative law group cited U.S. government statistics which show that among the Syrian refugees being granted asylum in the United States this year, only 56 of the 11,000 are Christians.

In response to the low number of Christians being granted asylum in the U.S., the ACLJ said on Wednesday that it has filed a Joint Status Report that requires the State Department to provide documentation about what it's doing to help Christians before Dec. 28.

A new Joint Status Report is also going to be filed every 90 days so that the American public can receive answers about the government's actions.

"This is a significant victory toward our efforts to not only reveal whether the Obama administration is meeting its obligations under the law, but to also ensure the U.S. is leading the world to end this historic evil being perpetrated against Christians and other religious minorities," the law group wrote, noting that without the federal lawsuit, the Obama administration would not disclose how it is helping Christians.

"We are making significant progress that could not only force the Administration into action but also shine the light of truth on the horrific plight of Christians facing jihadist genocide," it added.

Judge Daniel Manion of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals also rebuked the Obama administration last week, according to Fox News, saying, "It is well‐documented that refugees to the United States are not representative of that war‐torn area of the world. Perhaps 10 percent of the population of Syria is Christian, and yet less than one‐half of one percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian."

"To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy," the judge added.

The ACLJ noted that earlier this year the Obama administration finally admitted that Christians were suffering genocide along with Yezidis and Shia Muslim minorities at the hands of terrorist groups, yet less than 1 percent of all admitted Syrian refugees fall into any of these particular groups.

"It's absurd. It's becoming more and more clear that the administration is merely paying lip service to religious minorities, including Christians, being horrifically slaughtered in the worst genocide of this century, while pushing its own narrative that ignores the reality and brings significant national security risks of IS infiltrating the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim refugee influx into the U.S," the law group wrote.

It called on Americans to continue signing its petition in support of targeted Christians, and said that people are being killed each and every day that the U.S. government fails to act.

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