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Obama administration official: Christians ‘feel safer’ in Syria than other groups do

December 18, 2015

Questioned by members of the House Oversight Committee about why so few Syrian Christian refugees have been admitted to the United States, the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration said on December 17 that “they’re not fleeing because they feel safer” than other Syrians do.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Pressed later in the hearing on her answer that Christians, a persecuted group in the Middle East, “feel safer” in Syria than other groups, [Anne] Richard backtracked and argued only “some” Christians felt safer. She said that was because a higher percentage of Christians in Syria support President Bashar Assad.

One congressman on the committee said that 29 Syrian Christians have been accepted into the United States in the past year, and another said that 53 have been accepted in the past five years.


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  • Posted by: ljlc48358 - Dec. 19, 2015 12:55 AM ET USA

    This is a horrendous statement. Can you imagine being attacked by the black hooded ISIS? ISIS targets Christians especially, whom they feel are infidels, unclean and not deserving to live. They behead men, rape women and make them and their children into sex slaves. Sometimes children are placed into iron cages and set afire. Christians back Assad because he and his father before him always protected Christians and other minorities.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Dec. 18, 2015 9:37 PM ET USA

    I need an excuse. Ooops, that sure wasn't the right one. Try again. I'm sure I'll find the right lie sooner or later, after all, I've got Lois to guide me!