Trump's travel ban could intensify persecution abroad, Iranian Christian refugee fears

U.S. President Donald Trump's new refugee policy and plan to prioritize Christian asylum seekers could intensify the persecution of believers overseas, a Christian refugee from Iran fears.

(REUTERS / Gabriela Baczynska)People wait in line at the Soleimankhani centre for refugees in Tehran, Iran, October 24, 2016.

In a phone interview with The Christian Post, a Christian refugee named Amir said he was shocked with Trump's travel ban which included people entering the U.S. from Iran. Amir, who is now an American citizen and a church planter, thinks Christians abroad might experience greater persecution because of the new refugee policy.

Amir understands Trump's concern about the country's security, but he is confused over Iran's inclusion in the new travel ban. He told the Post that Iranian citizens have not been linked to recent terror incidents. He also questioned why Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the U.A.E. were not included in the list of Muslim-majority nations covered by the ban.

In addition, Amir is wondering why the U.S. is not pressuring Turkey despite the latter's harsh treatment of refugees there.

Meanwhile, Trump told The Brody File exclusively that he will move up the asylum application of Christians from Syria. The president lamented the alleged "unfair" treatment that these believers have received, saying Muslims find it easier to make their way into the U.S. compared to their Christian counterparts.

However, Amir warned that prioritizing Christians after the temporary ban is lifted could create a harsher environment for Christians in Iran, since it could incite the government to accuse believers of being American spies.

"If you are giving priority to Christians, and make them sensitive about that, the pressure is going to be harder and harder for Christians inside Iran," Amir told the Post. "I am thinking about my brothers and sisters [in Iran.] I am a citizen of the U.S., but what about the Christians in Iran who want to leave there but now you are separating them, and they are going to be accused of being spies for America?"

Despite his fears over what could happen because of Trump's travel ban, Amir said people will have to see if the executive order works or not. No matter what happens, he said he trusts that God is keeping an eye on everything.

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