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Arab Christian Immigrants: A Sad Story of Oppression in the Middle East and Unfair Treatment By The US Travel Ban

The rise of Islamic extremism has been a singular driving force in the plight of religious minorities, fueling a growing desire to resort to religion as a palliative. Although Christians have lived in the Middle East - the birthplace of Christianity - for nearly two thousand years, as a result of years of persecution and discrimination, especially in the past 15 years, they now constitute no more than 3-4% of the region’s population, down from 20% a century ago. Unfortunately, given the turmoil in the Middle East and the rise of Islamic extremism, with few exceptions Christians and other minorities may no longer be able to live in harmony with their largely Muslim neighbors. On the 15th of September, Mr. Trump has tweeted that “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific,” In essence, Middle Eastern immigrants would be stranded even more, particularly the Christians - those Christians who not only have no ties with terrorism but who also have devastatingly suffered at the hands of this radical terrorist movement. The new travel restrictions that were revised by the DHS could include indefinite bans on entry until vetting procedures and security cooperation improves. So would that imply that those immigrants are to be kept held by a thin light of hope, thin yet agonizing them with burning anxiety and frustration?


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