MSNBC’s host Kasie Hunt posed a question to Ohio Republican Jim Jordan about whether Jeff Session’s new crackdown on immigrant asylum is a “Christian approach.”
“Jeff Sessions has announced he’s changing the rules for asylum seekers. Those people who are coming and saying that they’re victims of domestic violence will not be able to find asylum here in the United States. Do you think that’s a Christian approach?” Hunt asked.
“What I do know is the asylum laws need to be changed. When some 19-year-old can come here and say there’s a credible fear of persecution, and that 19-year-old is actually a part of MS-13, we’ve got to change our asylum laws,” Jordan responded.
Hunt, who also works as NBC’s Capitol Hill correspondent, mentioned a story where a young woman comes to the U.S. as a domestic violence victim because the previous laws would allow her to apply for asylum.
“I’m saying in a general sense our asylum laws have to change. Because anyone can show up at the border, they’ve been coached to say ‘I have a credible fear of persecution,’” Jordan said.
“Certainly we don’t want any domestic violence victims not getting refuge and safety from that. But what I’m saying is, the asylum laws have to be changed. Everyone agrees with that,” he said.
“You’re saying that’s the Christian approach to that? … Is it unchristian?” Kasie asked.
Jordan then proceeded to explain that America needs “an immigration bill that is consistent with what we told the American people — sanctuary cities need to be changed, E-Verify, chain migration, visa lottery, building a border security wall.”
“Let’s focus on all of those policies that were front and center in the campaign and then we will also deal with the DACA population. Let’s have that kind of bill. That’s consistent with what we told the American people we were going to do if they elected us,” he said.
“I’m still not hearing you argue that it’s a Christian policy, sir,” Kasie said.
“Of course it’s not a Christian policy to say someone who’s being abused, you shouldn’t help them,” Jordan said, adding that “we’ve got to know all the facts and what’s actually happening on the border.”
“They come in and say it and whatever they say they get in, whether it’s true or not,” he continued. “If someone is actually being abused, of course we want to help those individuals.”
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