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Take Action: Urge the U.S. to protect religious minorities
March 27, 2015

Take Action: Urge the U.S. to protect religious minorities
"This bipartisan legislation will give families an opportunity to flee an area where they fear being killed or persecuted for expressing their religious views." ~ Rep. Juan Vargas
(Washington, D.C.) March 27, 2015 — Over the past year, reports of religious and ethnic cleansing and attacks against minorities at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have intensified with the expansion of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 

Religious minorities in ISIS-held areas have endured many forms of violence such as being forced from their homes, kidnappings, and the seizure and/or demolition of churches and shrines. On March 24, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), together with Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17), Congressman John Conyers (MI-13), and Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50), introduced the Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS Act of 2015 (H.R. 1568) in response to this crisis.  

"This bipartisan legislation will give families an opportunity to flee an area where they fear being killed or persecuted for expressing their religious views," Vargas said. "The barbaric ideology of ISIS poses serious threats to the lives of Christians, Yezidis, Shabaks, and other groups in the region. Religious freedom is a founding principle of our nation, and as leaders of the most revered democracy in the world, we must protect people who fear for their lives while exercising this most basic right."

At a time when targeted persecution in the Middle East has created new difficulties for religious and ethnic minorities, H.R. 1568 seeks to enhance the protection of refugees from Iraq and Syria by allowing certain persecuted nationals or residents of Iraq or Syria to apply directly to the United States Refugee Admissions Program, and by streamlining refugee processing. 

Please take a moment now, click here and contact your representative. Ask them to co-sponsor and support quick passage of the Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS Act of 2015.

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