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Ryan: Presidents Often Prioritize Refugee Claims–Obama ‘Put a Preference in for Sexual Orientation’

by Melanie Arter CNSnews:

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that there’s nothing wrong with President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration including a preference for religious minorities facing persecution, because it’s a common practice for presidents to include preferences in refugee populations and that former President Barack Obama did the same thing for sexual orientation.

“Presidents always and often put preferences in refugee populations,” Ryan said. “I think President Obama had one for sexual orientation. They didn’t call that a sexual orientation test. He put a preference in for sexual orientation.

“Religious minorities who are being persecuted, there’s nothing wrong with preferring religious minorities from persecution. Yazidis are being persecuted. Sunnis in Shia countries are being persecuted. Christians are being persecuted, so there’s nothing wrong with saying we’re going to take into account minority religious persecution with our refugee situation,” he said.

Trump’s executive orders states: “The Secretary of State shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of the directive in subsection (b) of this section regarding prioritization of claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution within 100 days of the date of this order and shall submit a second report within 200 days of the date of this order.”

In 2015, then President Obama issued a presidential memorandum titled Presidential Memorandum — International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons.

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