Hundreds of Assyrian families, some of them recently arrived from Islamic State controlled areas of Syria, attend Easter Sunday service at St. Georges Assyrian Church of The East in Sed El Baouchrieh, a working class suburb of Beirut.

Can Trump Make Priority Status Happen for Christian Refugees?

If he carries through with this, it will go a long way towards improving my outlook for a Trump presidency.

This needs to happen, and should have been the policy, all along.

President Trump sat down to speak with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody on Friday, when the topic of the Syrian refugee program was brought up.

According to Trump’s word, Christians will be given priority status when seeking asylum.

“We are going to help them. They’ve been horribly treated,” Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview set to air Sunday.

Upon being asked if he sees persecuted Christians “as kind of a priority” when it comes to granting non-citizens refugee status, Trump told Brady: “Yes.”

Was Trump simply pandering to the CBN crowd?

As it is with most politicians, that’s always a possibility.

Still, there’s merit to the concerns Trump raised. Christians in the Muslim-dominated territories that have been overrun with ISIS and other Islamic groups face unusually cruel treatment.

Trump was due to sign an executive order today, which would have closed down the Syrian refugee program, as well as barring immigrants from other Muslim countries.

“The secretaries of state and homeland security, as appropriate, shall cease refugee processing of and the admittance of nationals of Syria as refugees until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the [U.S. Refugee Admittance Program] to ensure its alignment with the national interest,” read a draft of the order obtained by the Washington Examiner earlier this week.

The big hurdle Trump and the administration will likely face, should they try and filter in Christians from these nations will come from those who will push back against what they call a “religious test” to gain entrance into the nation.

Circumstances being what they are, however, it would seem a religious test is exactly what is needed in this case.

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