Some Evangelicals Pushing to Let More Syrian Refugees in the U.S.

Although many leading conservatives are pushing for a halt on the flow of incoming Syrian refugees, some evangelical Christian organizations are pushing back.

Since last week's attacks in Paris, around 30 governors have called for keeping Syrian refugees out of the U.S. In addition, House Speaker Paul Ryan is backing legislation to make the screening process in place even stricter. President Obama has promised to veto that bill.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has suggested allowing only Christians to enter and resettling Muslims elsewhere. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is calling for banning visas for all travelers from any country with an "ISIS presence."

Authorities in Greece said one of the terrorists in Paris came into Europe with the other migrants and was carrying a Syrian passport. Yet, The National Association of Evangelicals has issued a statement calling for continued resettlement of Syrian refugees.

President Leith Anderson said, "[He] came and took a risk, and helped, and invested his own money. People often know the story of the good Samaritan, but they forget how Jesus ended it. And his last words were, 'Go and do likewise.' So he's calling on Christians, his followers, to be good Samaritans."

Anderson added, "Jesus himself was a refugee. He fled as a small child to Egypt when there was a tyrannical government threatening his life. So as Christians we don't really have a choice but to welcome refugees."

Furthermore, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has put out a statement warning against using the Paris attacks "to scapegoat all refugees."

Matthew Soerens is U.S. director of church mobilization for World Relief, an offshoot of the National Association of Evangelicals and one of nine groups approved by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees said "I think it's the wrong decision morally. But I also think it could be a poor political position. I think a lot of candidates very quickly took a position, and I think that they may not realize the voters that they could be alienating with that position."

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