I understand the frustrations some of us have with the immigration situation. The system is convoluted and outdated. We need to move from family based to strictly vocational with one exception assylum.
The assylum cases are a mere fraction of the total cases. The United States should never turn its back on people facing religious persecution. The Assyrian Christians face genuine danger in Iraq in THEIR indigenous land. The United States should grant those who seek refuge.
Our worst hour as a country was when we turned away the ship the St Louis. These refugees were not unskilled people either, but fear of foreigners made us do the wrong thing. Let us not repeat these historical mistakes with Christians and other religious minorities fleeing Islam. Christians are fleeing Egypt, Pakistan, Syria and the misruled PA.
We should never turn our backs on those who are persecuted because they embrace a different view of God. If we deny Christian and Bhai fleeing Islamic persecution refuge than the laws of assylum should be scrapped and we should hang our heads in shame. Unlike Muslims who have a variety of places to live where does the Assyrian Christian or the Bhai go to live in peace.
Let us not forget that many of our own relatives came to these shores seeking similar refuge.