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Some Middle East Christians would need church records to get in U.S. under Beruff plan



Christians fleeing Middle East nations with a history of terrorism would need to produce verifiable church records to prove who they are in order to enter the United States, under a new immigration plan U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff unveiled on Tuesday.

Beruff said under his plan, until the U.S. can assure the vetting process for refugees works, the country should temporarily ban all travel from Middle East countries known as a “base for ISIS and other terrorists groups.”

The ban would not apply to people from Israel or Christians with the verifiable church records, Beruff said.

“Many people from around the world want to come to this country to build better lives for themselves and their children,” Beruff said. “We should embrace America’s place in the world, but we must do so in a strategic, common sense way. ISIS and others intent on doing us harm are looking to use any means possible to get into this country. We need to be vigilant.”

Not surprisingly, Beruff’s plan is similar to what Donald Trump has pitched. Trump announced in June that as president he would "suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies."

But Trump has not made any allowance for Christians fleeing those nations like Beruff is suggesting.

Beruff’s new immigration plan also takes cues from Trump in other areas as well, notably building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

“Those who mock the idea of building a wall do not want a secure border for our country,” Beruff said.

Beruff’s plan also:
-calls for bails bondsman to be hired to track down immigrants who overstay their travel visas
-increases the prevailing wage for visas for high skilled workers to prevent companies from laying off Americans in favor of hiring cheaper workers for high skilled jobs.
-cuts all federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities
-and require all businesses use the E-verify system to assure the people they are hiring are legally in the United States.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2:26pm]


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