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house Bill H.R. 565

Do Christians and Yazidis Facing Genocide in the Middle East Need Priority Admission as Refugees?

Argument in favor

Christians and Yazidis in the Middle East are the victims of a genocide perpetrated by ISIS, and the U.S. should give them priority status as refugees or immigrants if they to come to America.

Crystal's Opinion
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02/08/2017
Regardless of religion, if a group is a victim of genocide, they need special care and attention. Passing this law would hopefully set a precedent for the US to take action to protect other groups who are victims of genocide in the future.
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Howard's Opinion
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02/08/2017
If there are Muslims targeted for genocide in those countries they should also be given priority. I don't want a repeat of what happened in the late 1930s when the world turned its back on the Jews of Europe.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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02/08/2017
During WWII, we didn't take Jews and we didn't take Nazis. We've seen how treating the oppressed the same as the oppressor ends up, and this same thing is happening in ISIS territory.
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Argument opposed

While the plight of Christian and Yazidi communities in the Middle East is awful, they shouldn’t receive expedited processing or priority status if they want to come to the U.S.

Oak's Opinion
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02/08/2017
As much as I feel for them, this is a slippery slope. This is unfair to other ethnic and religious groups.
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Dayton's Opinion
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02/08/2017
The majority of these populations are in areas like Damascus, away from major conflict zones. The most vulnerable people should be prioritized, regardless of religion.
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Evan's Opinion
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02/08/2017
By prioritizing one group of people above others in an attempt to abate their targeted genocide we are in effect targeting the other refugees in the region for violence. Not to mention that we will be creating a reason for their radicalization. If the goal is to stop radicalism and violence, it should be a goal applied to all peoples seeking refuge.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2017
    Regardless of religion, if a group is a victim of genocide, they need special care and attention. Passing this law would hopefully set a precedent for the US to take action to protect other groups who are victims of genocide in the future.
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    As much as I feel for them, this is a slippery slope. This is unfair to other ethnic and religious groups.
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    The majority of these populations are in areas like Damascus, away from major conflict zones. The most vulnerable people should be prioritized, regardless of religion.
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    We cannot put any religion first.
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    By prioritizing one group of people above others in an attempt to abate their targeted genocide we are in effect targeting the other refugees in the region for violence. Not to mention that we will be creating a reason for their radicalization. If the goal is to stop radicalism and violence, it should be a goal applied to all peoples seeking refuge.
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    "congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Refugees should be accepted based on the likelihood that they'll face persecution in their home country. We should not prioritize the acceptance of any one group over another based on their religion. Besides, the fact that they face persecution based on their religion is already taken into account when they apply for refugee status.
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    What about Shiite Muslims? They've gotten the worst of the ISIS terror. Are they not included or considered since they are Muslim?
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    If there are Muslims targeted for genocide in those countries they should also be given priority. I don't want a repeat of what happened in the late 1930s when the world turned its back on the Jews of Europe.
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    The system of vetting out refugees in most need should not be dependent on religious beliefs. Preferential treatment should be given to any human seeking asylum for their safety regardless of who they pray to.
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    No decisions based on religion should be permitted. Unconstitutional!
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    We should not discriminate based on religion. All who are threatened should be eligible for refugee status.
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    Anyone who is in clear and present danger deserves protection. Specifying a religion or group as "more important" is ridiculous.
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    All lives matter, remember...so no...refugees are refugees and do not need a religious test to come to America No
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    Religion shouldn't be a factor.
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    During WWII, we didn't take Jews and we didn't take Nazis. We've seen how treating the oppressed the same as the oppressor ends up, and this same thing is happening in ISIS territory.
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    Priority for refugees should not be based on religion.
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    This is blatant Un-American discrimination.
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    A certain group is being targeted. Religion doesn't matter. The group that is being targeted/murdered should get priority. Did they Jews deserve priority during the holocaust? Of course.
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    During the holocaust, christians were persecuted for helping the Jews or even for not serving the nazi party. Hopefully there would have still been a priority to get Jews, the target of genocide, out of danger even though christians were at risk of being persecuted by nazis as well.
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    Everyone is equal. Regardless of religion.
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