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Bishop Sarhad meets with Senator Anderson

Protect those under attack in Iraq

Bishop Sarhad met with Senator Anderson. They spoke about the protection of Iraqi Christians today. SJR 17, a resolution that would draw attention to and demand assistance for Iraqi Christians displaced by ISIS, passes the State Assembly

Today, Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) applauded the passage out of the California State Assembly of SJR 17, a resolution Senator Anderson authored to draw attention and assistance to the plight of Iraqi Christians. It is now chaptered by the Secretary of State and will be sent by the joint bodies of the legislature to the President of the United States and Congress.

SJR 17 would urge President Obama to expedite visa processing for Iraq’s minority groups and lift quotas on Iraqi Christian refugees to streamline the process of accepting them into the United States.

   SJR 17 also urges Congress to pass House Resolution 663 and the State Department to work with the Chaldean community in the US, the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi central government, and other neighboring countries to secure safe havens for Iraqi’s fleeing persecution.

   “Today we took another step in addressing this urgent need to protect religious minorities, including Iraqi Christians, from persecution by the Islamist State in Iraq and Syria,” said Senator Anderson. “I am proud California is now on record urging the President to recognize this humanitarian crisis. We cannot allow the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to continue this genocide.”