Donald Trump just pulled a move that violates that the ‘establishment of religion’ clause of the First Amendment. He has said that he will be prioritizing in getting refugees in the country if they are Christian.
Trump said on Friday that Christian refugees looking to come to the U.S. would be most likely to get accepted over other religions and faiths. His excuse for this is basically full of lies.
“Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States?” Trump rhetorically asked. “If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”
But of course everything that Trump says has to be fact-checked due to his constant lying. According to Pew Research, the number of Christian refugees admitted to the United States in 2016 numbered 37,521, while 38,901 were Muslim. That amounts to 49 percent being Christian, which is about half of the refugee population. So Donald Trump’s numbers were in-fact proven to be wrong.
So what does the ‘establishment of religion’ clause of the First amendment say? Well it states that neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another… Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups, and vice versa.
That means that by law, Trump cannot offer a preferred service to certain refugees because of their religion.
Donald Trump signed two executive orders Friday. One of which calls for “extreme vetting” of refugees admitted to the US. No further information was offered by his administration about the details of this new order and it has not been posted on Whitehouse.gov yet.