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I spent just a couple of minutes researching how the term refugee is defined in US Law. Even though President Obama and others within the United States wish to express their “repulsion” at the idea of a religious test for proposed Syrian refugees in order to help screen out possible terrorists, the truth is, religion is not only allowed as one test of refugee status, it is required by the law. One of the categories that defines refugees is a person who has been or fears they may be persecuted because of their religion.
The statute referenced above uses the term religion three times, making it obvious that asking about religion is within the bounds of the law in determining refugee status. Further, one of the most persecuted groups in Syria are the 10% of the population who are Christians. How will we know if a refugee applicant can claim the status for religious reasons if we do not ask about religion?
The President is also required to advise several specific Congressional leaders of his plan before announcing it, and certainly before entering into actions on it. I wonder if he conveniently missed that requirement as well?
It would be convenient if the President could pull a Hillary excuse out of the bag and just claim he had no idea what the law said. But that pesky law degree from Harvard, and his time teaching Constitutional Law there make that path less plausible a child telling the teacher the dog ate his homework.
As Ronald Reagan once told Walter Mondale in a Presidential debate, “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.” The statement applies in this case as well.