Rohrabacher Cites Wide Public Support for Bill to Save Mideast Christians
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, joined by three other congressmen, announced Thursday he would deliver some 50,000 signatures to the House Judiciary Committee urging action to be taken on his “Save the Christians from Genocide Act.” The legislation would place Christians and Yazidis facing annihilation in the Middle East at the front of the U.S. immigrant and refugee line.
Asserting that one Christian dies at the hands of Islamic terrorists every 30 minutes in the countries designated in his bill, HR 565, the California Republican said, “ISIS and their cohort of radical Islamic terrorists are engaged in a war with the West, a war with our country, and a war with the Christian religion. It is a war they declared and are carrying out with brutal determination. They are slaughtering men, women, and children, especially if they are Christian.”
Co-sponsors Rep. Ted Poe, R-TX; Rep. Andy Harris, R-MD; and Rep. Steve King, R-IA., joined Rohrabacher in a news conference with the signed petition copies on display. King, a member of the Judiciary Committee, vowed he would push the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, to move the bill quickly onto the House floor.
California resident Craig Huey, who has circulated the petition among church groups, said it has been amassing 8,000 to 9,000 signatures a week.
Last year, then-Secretary of State John Kerry officially designated Christians and Yazidis in the region besieged by Islamic State as targets of genocide. “That is something many of us had known for months, if not years,” said Rohrabacher, “but I am glad the last administration was belatedly able to reach that conclusion.
“That step in itself is not enough. We have a moral obligation to help those who are targets of genocide, and one thing we can do, one thing that is within our power now, is provide refuge to those Christians who are targeted for slaughter. My legislation, which has amassed tremendous support, provides for expedited processing to clear up red tape and to ensure those who are in imminent danger and have nowhere else to turn are offered protection here, before others seeking to immigrate or take refuge here who are not in imminent danger.”
Countries listed in the legislation are Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and Libya.
Kenneth Grubbs, 202-225-2415