Christian flees persecution; courts downplay it

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

China (PRC)A legal immigrant from China is making a final plea in court to be allowed to stay in the U.S. rather than face persecution for his Christian faith.

Ting Xue fled China because of persecution and arrived in the United States on a visa asking for asylum. In China, he had to practice his faith in secret to avoid punishment, and was arrested for attending an underground church that had no legal recognition from the government. He was jailed, beaten, and fined over half his annual wages.

Pacific Justice Institute attorney and president Brad Dacus explains the gravity of the situation.

"He wants to be able to be here in the United States without being deported to a country that is most certainly going to have him flagged for severe punishment and possibly labor camps and things like that, which are very common in Communist China," Dacus tells OneNewsNow.

Xue filed suit in federal court and then with the Tenth U.S. Court of Appeals, but lost. Dacus says the courts are downplaying the reality of the religious persecution he faced.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"The lower courts are trying to use a definition of the concept of persecution in a way that makes it very difficult for individuals to be able to come to this country," he says.

PJI explains the court ruled that religious persecution doesn't necessarily exist where an immigrant has had to practice his or her faith in hiding to avoid harassment or punishment by authorities in that person's native country. But Dacus argues that America's founders understood that persecution exists "where a government has created a climate of fear" for individuals of certain faiths or belief systems.

Dacus has filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the case.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Who do you believe when you hear them talk about the Republican tax reform bill?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller
Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip on terrorist bombings
McCain returning home to Ariz., will likely miss tax vote
Flames threaten SoCal coastal communities as firefighters mour
GOP betting that its fix for U.S. economy will defy warnings
Thousands disappear as China polices thought
Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 8

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Power outage at Atlanta airport causes 'pandemonium,' grounds flights
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau gives Trump high marks, despite strained NAFTA talks
Is God going to do away with Christmas trees?
Report: NBC paid off producer who accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment
Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Homeless, and now hungry, in Nigeria

Somalia Islamic militantsA spokeswoman for ministry Open Doors USA says Christians in Nigeria are facing a "horrific situation" at the hands of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and other Muslims.