Franklin Graham Calls Out Donald Trump And His Rounding Up Of Iraqi Christians, And Declares That It Is Wrong To Deport Them Back To Iraq

By Theodore Shoebat

Franklin Graham just made a message addressed to the Trump administration’s recent rounding up of Iraqi Christians who have criminal records: that it is wrong to send these people back to Iraq. According to one report:

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham says he finds it “very disturbing” that immigration authorities have arrested many Iraqi Christians for possible deportation. President Trump promised earlier this year he would prioritize persecuted Christians, but many international religious freedom advocates say deporting these Christians back to Iraq could put them in serious danger.

Graham, who has been supportive of Trump and his travel ban, urged the president to have someone investigate the cases where dozens of Iraqi nationals were swept up in immigration raids in Michigan and Tennessee.

The arrests came after a deal the United States made with Iraq, which sought to be removed from Trump’s travel ban, as originally proposed, on seven Muslim-majority countries and agreed to accept deported Iraqis. Immigration authorities said all of the Iraqi nationals who were arrested had criminal convictions.

“I understand a policy of deporting people who are here illegally and have broken the law,” Graham wrote on Facebook on Friday. “I don’t know all of the details, but I would encourage our president to give great consideration to the threat to lives of Christians in countries like Iraq.”

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  • DantesRivers

    The only time the Washington Post cares about Christians is when they can be used for political purposes. Hopefully the good ones will be sorted out and allowed to stay. Habitual criminals get sent back to Iraq.

  • I was troubled by reports of Chaldeans Catholics being rounded up by ICE. Hopefully it’s an issue of paperwork and nothing more.

    • Kamau41

      We hope so too.

  • DantesRivers

    One of the linked articles was from the Washington Post. They only want to use concern for Christians for politcal purposes. Hopefully the good ones can stay. Send habitual criminals back to Iraq.

  • ace

    There are some things which we just do not understand, which is why we should always be working to become closer to God and more submitted to Divine Providence, so that we can persevere despite persecutions and injustices.

    From the WA Post link: “… [ICE] recently arrested a number of Iraqi nationals, all of whom had criminal convictions for crimes including homicide, rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, burglary, drug trafficking, robbery, sex assault, weapons violations and other offenses… Iraqi community leaders counter that many of the men who have been arrested are Iraqis who arrived in the United States with their families when they were children, and would otherwise be citizens had it not been for crimes, many of which they committed in their youth…”

    Then go here: https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/chaldeans-us-why-arent-more-christians-speaking-out-against-deportations-iraq

    “On a practical level, this is mind-boggling,” said Nina Shea, an international human-rights lawyer who runs the Center for Religious Freedom at the Washington-based Hudson Institute. She can’t think of a safe destination for the Chaldeans in Iraq. “The director of Homeland Security — does he know that there has been a genocide declared there by the United States? Had anyone told him? Does ICE know this?” Shea said. “In a situation of genocide you don’t deport anybody. We didn’t even deport Gitmo detainees to places where they would be killed.”

    We also read at the NCR link that the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic fraternal organization and a longtime ally of the Chaldeans, is circulating a letter on their behalf, something which I have not been able to track down. Anyone?

    • ace

      I’d also like to give acknowledgement to Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse Field Hospital in Iraq which you can read about here: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/franklin-graham-dedicates-field-hospital-in-iraq/

      “…Christian medical personnel, especially lab technicians, are urgently needed to staff the hospital for deployments of three weeks or longer. Particular needs include trauma/general surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, operating room nurses, intensive care unit nurses, surgical technicians, and operating room sterilization staff…”

  • luis

    Franklin Graham has been very supportive of Catholics and Orthodox Christians. For that I respect him a lot. I hope he is able to talk to trump about helping those Iraqi Christians

    • Kamau41

      Very true; he very much has been.

  • Joan Simpson

    As an outsider, it seems to me that there is mounting evidence that Trump is reneging on some of the things which got him into power. I wonder if it is because of the apparent fomenting anarchy just below the surface?
    It’s the same in my country. They seem to be doing all they can to get Theresa May out of office. If it’s not terrorist attacks it is a fire which many of us find it hard to believe was caused by a faulty fridge on the third floor. (forth floor in the US).
    Those who will give allegiance to the antichrist are positioning themselves for when that time comes …..unless revival comes instead.

    • ace

      There is so much brewing beneath the surface veneer, that even our speculations may tend to be erroneous in part. There are also unintended consequences which we cannot predict ahead of time, as well as intended consequences which are decidedly evil. We are really being tested as we are called to put our faith and trust in God no matter what, since we do not necessarily see as God sees or judge as he does, unless it be granted to us. Not only is what we know as evil being proclaimed as good, but we must always remember that the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans and the weakness of God is stronger than the strength of man. In the short and long run we must follow the narrow way of the cross to attain eternal life.

      • Joan Simpson

        Thank you for your wise words

  • filomena seiffert

    The psychopaths have no ability to feel sorry, compassion and empathy for other being, human or animal. Mr. Trump is one of those.

    • Julie LaBrecque

      And are we to suppose that all of his charitable giving is just for show?? Don’t be a such a political hag if you want any credibility around here.

      • Grandmere

        I can only imagine what she said. You have been in my prayers daily, then hourly, dear one. Lemme know.

      • ace

        Missed you. Don’t know what challenge you are facing, but I’ll add my prayers too.

        • Julie LaBrecque

          TY –

      • Tom_mcewen

        Compassion and empathy is for the judge. Trump is law enforcement, he does the arrest, because that is his job. If he suspects the law has been broken he detains the person, he doesn’t judge, compassion and empathy is how we got into this mess. Europe has sentenced it’s own population to Extinction for compassion and empathy for those who wish to kill them. Toleration is a two edged sword and Europeans will beheaded with it. Vote me out.

    • Grace Ziem

      You are filled with hate; your attitude is UNCHRISTIAN!

      • filomena seiffert

        Who is filled with hate? one that wants for every living creature on earth live the life God intended them to live or the ones that think people and every creature deserved to be exterminated by nukes. Your Christianity is washed down. I am sick after knowing that almost everyone in this site is really evil. Hatred have you and try to spread it to others. I let God be my judge not you.

        • Grace Ziem

          God WILL be your judge, whether you “let” Him or not. Many people here have been offended by the tone you use toward them, they feel you often sound arrogant. You don’t know me, yet you are judging me. When I do not agree with someone here, I try to tell them with kindness. Please consider more kindness in your words to others:
          :
          1 John 3:18 “Let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them and show it by our actions “ Blessings.

          • filomena seiffert

            NO POINT IN TALKING TO YOU. YOU ACCUSED ME BEFORE I EVEN TALKED TO YOU AND THEN TRASH ME. LETS KEEP SILENT.

          • Grandmere

            Please, don’t feed the troll.

          • Grace Ziem

            Sorry Grand, she seems to be incurable. She forgot her post to me in her “defense” statement. I am sorry to see someone so unhappy they want to share their misery!

          • filomena seiffert

            I WISH THE EVIL HATEFUL PREJUDICE WITCH, FORGET I EXIST. SHE SAID SHE BLOCKED ME I WAS HAPPY WITH IT, IT IS A LIE. SHE, LIKE MANY HERE AND IN THIS COUNTRY, LIKE TO GANG UP AGAINST ONE PERSON AND TRY TO DESTROY THAT PERSON. IT START IN CHILDHOOD WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE PARENTS AND BECAUSE OF IT SO MANY CHILDREN HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE AND OTHERS RESORTED TO RAISE HAVOC AND KILL MANY IN SCHOOLS. I, WITH GOD’S GRACE, BUILT A FORTRESS ON MY SOUL, THEREFORE YOUR LEGION OF DEMONS WILL NOT SUCCEED IN HARMING ME.

  • Wilma Mills

    Like I said before, “Good old Franklin Graham.”

  • Kamau41

    Great call out by Franklin Graham. He is right on in what he said.

  • Vinny Zee

    Depending on the issue, some (or most) will probably get some form of relief. Claiming asylum for example, particularly based on “credible fear” can almost certainly over ride a basic administrative deportation order. However, if one has a criminal record, and it is serious enough, this could be an issue. Each case will be taken on their own. If these people already had criminal convictions, my guess is that they have been here for a while and were not recently admitted to the country. Each case has to be allowed to play out.

  • jmaggief

    If a person is a criminal it doesn’t matter if he is a Christian criminal. Does anyone think that if there was a pedophile who was a Christian that would change how the law treats him? It doesn’t and it shouldn’t. If a Christian breaks any of God’s laws he gets the same punishment- if a mortal sin and doesn’t repent he is going to hell. And this article goes against the safety of the civil society by saying we should let criminals stay here for any reason let alone for being a Christian. Once they become criminals they need to accept the responsibility that they are responsible for being sent back to possible genocide due to their own actions.

  • filomena seiffert

    Did it happened? Is helping ISIS and bombing Syrians make you happy? if it does I am disgusted with you. I do not care about politics because I do not see any one good, besides it is not one governing, it is a gang. America is great in genocide.

  • filomena seiffert

    WHAT MORE YOU NEED OTHER THE GENOCIDE PAST AND PRESENT?