By Dr. Patrick Slattery — The core argument against President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven problematic Middle Eastern countries is that it may discriminate against Muslims. That some Christians from Syria or elsewhere may wind up getting preferential treatment is tantamount, according to this argument, to the establishment of a religion in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The fact is that, at least in recent decades, America has provided preferential treatment to a particular religious group, and it sure ain’t Presbyterians! Below I quote from H.R.4681 of the 106th Congress, which was passed as Public Law No. 106-378 on October 27, 2000.
To provide for the adjustment of status of certain Syrian nationals
The Congress finds as follows:
(1) President Bush and President Clinton successively
conducted successful negotiations with the Government of Syria
to bring about the release of members of the Syrian Jewish
population and their immigration to the United States.
(2) In order to accommodate the Syrian Government, the
United States was required to admit these aliens by first
granting them temporary nonimmigrant visas and subsequently
granting them asylum, rather than admitting them as refugees (as
is ordinarily done when the United States grants refuge to
members of a persecuted alien minority group).
(3) The asylee status of these aliens has resulted in a long
and unnecessary delay in their adjustment to lawful permanent
resident status that would not have been encountered had they
been admitted as refugees.
(4) This delay has impaired these aliens’ ability to work in
their chosen professions, travel freely, and apply for
(5) The Attorney General should act without further delay to
grant lawful permanent resident status to these aliens in
accordance with section 2.
SEC. 2. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF CERTAIN SYRIAN NATIONALS.
(a) Adjustment of Status.–Subject to subsection (c), the Attorney
General shall adjust the status of an alien described in subsection (b)
to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, if the
(1) applies for adjustment of status under this section not
later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act or
applied for adjustment of status under the Immigration and
Nationality Act before the date of the enactment of this Act;
(2) has been physically present in the United States for at
least 1 year after being granted asylum;
(3) is not firmly resettled in any foreign country; and
(4) is admissible as an immigrant under the Immigration and
Nationality Act at the time of examination for adjustment of
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(b) <<NOTE: Applicability.>> Aliens Eligible for Adjustment of
Status.–The benefits provided by subsection (a) shall apply to any
(A) is a Jewish national of Syria;
(B) arrived in the United States after December 31,
1991, after being permitted by the Syrian Government to
depart from Syria; and
(C) is physically present in the United States at
the time of filing the application described in
subsection (a)(1); or
(2) who is the spouse, child, or unmarried son or daughter
of an alien described in paragraph (1).
So here you have it. A law passed by Congress that specifically gave preferential treatment to one religious group from Syria — the Jews — over all other groups, namely Muslims and Christians.
Wow. Just wow!
Ten years earlier, an amendment to H.R.3743 – Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1990 opened the door to a tsunami of Jews from the former Soviet Union. This is commonly known as “The Lautenberg Amendment,” not to be confused with another Lautenberg Amendment concerning gun rights.
ESTABLISHING CATEGORIES OF ALIENS FOR PURPOSES OF REFUGEE DETERMINATIONS
SEC. 599D. (a) IN GENERAL- In the case of an alien who is within a category
of aliens established under subsection (b), the alien may establish, for
purposes of admission as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and
Nationality Act, that the alien has a well-founded fear of persecution on
account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social
group, or political opinion by asserting such a fear and asserting a credible
basis for concern about the possibility of such persecution.
(b) ESTABLISHMENT OF CATEGORIES-
(1) For purposes of subsection (a), the Attorney General, in consultation
with the Secretary of State and the Coordinator for Refugee Affairs,
(A) one or more categories of aliens who are or were nationals and residents
of the Soviet Union and who share common characteristics that identify them
as targets of persecution in the Soviet Union on account of race, religion,
nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion,
(B) one or more categories of aliens who are or were nationals and residents
of Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia and who share common characteristics that
identify them as targets of persecution in such respective foreign state
on such an account.
(2)(A) Aliens who are (or were) nationals and residents of the Soviet Union
and who are Jews or Evangelical Christians shall be deemed a category of
alien established under paragraph (1)(A).
Julia Ioffe, who wrote a hit piece on First Lady Melania and insinuated that President Trump and Ivanka have a sexual relationship, is one of the hundreds of thousands of Jews who benefited from the Lautenberg Amendment… and Jewish privilege in college admissions… and Jewish nepotism in hiring.
Those covered by the Lautenberg Amendment are eligible for Special Cash Assistance and for Federal Public Assistance Programs including, but not limited to, Social Security, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
While the Immigration and Nationality Act requires prospective refugees to establish a well-founded fear of persecution as individuals, Soviet Jews simply qualified as refugees based on their identification as Jews.
This adds a whole new meaning to David Brooke’s article “The Chosen Getting in.”