Refugees Deeply Op-Ed

I've mentioned Refugees Deeply before. It is a fairly new online news source started by the founders of News Deeply that focuses specifically on forced migration. It is a great resource for current events, not just in Syria and Europe, but around the world. They also have an excellent op-ed section that features articles written by experts in the field of forced migration. This week I was honored to have one of my articles published. Read an excerpt below, and then click over to Refugees Deeply to read the rest!

The violence of Daesh (also known as ISIS, ISIL and IS) toward Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims was defined as genocide by the U.S. State Department on March 17. All three groups face an existential threat as a result of Daesh’s violent and exclusive ideology. The men are beheaded or forced to convert to Daesh’s particular brand of Islam, and the women and children are taken as sex slaves. Because of this overwhelming threat to their existence as ethnic and religious minorities, Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims all qualify for refugee status and should be given priority for resettlement in the U.S.

However, in the wake of the Paris and Brussels attacks, U.S. politicians like Ted Cruz have proposed a policy that would only allow Christian refugees to gain entry through the resettlement program. The reasoning for this policy is based on theunderstanding that “there is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror.” Such reasoning is not faulty in and of itself, and national security should continue to be a priority for America’s leaders. Unfortunately though, the extent to which their logic is applied reveals a bias in favor of Christians and a not-so-subtle bigotry against anyone else.

To read the rest of the article visit the op-ed page Refugees Deeply.

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