Senator Anderson seeks protection of religious minorities in Iraq – Letter from Senator Anderson seeking public support

Dear friends,

As East County’s State Senator, it is an honor to represent our country’s second largest community of Chaldean Americans. I have been deeply troubled in recent weeks watching reports of the ruthless persecution to which families and friends of many of my constituents have been subjected in Iraq. The murdering of innocent people in cold blood for their religious beliefs can only be described as genocide.

I have called on the federal government to deploy the resources necessary to provide refuge for Iraqi citizens fleeing this brutal persecution by introducing Senate Joint Resolution 17.

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

On Monday, SJR 17 has passed the Senate with a vote of 34-0 but the Assembly Rules Committee, where SJR 17 currently awaits action, has informed me that they will not act on the bill. If the bill is not voted on before Friday, August 29, it will die from lack of action.

Here in El Cajon, a peace walk was held on Tuesday, August 19 to draw attention to the violence being perpetrated against religious minority groups in Iraq. At the event over 200 members of the community signed up in support of SJR 17.

Despite the broad support for this resolution, SJR 17 is currently being held up in the Assembly Rules Committee. Today, I ask those who believe religious freedom should be guaranteed to everyone to email me with your support, so that I can show the committee that this resolution deserves to be voted on.

Please email your letters of support to [email protected]

We urge your support today so that SJR 17 may move forward and California can stand up for the religious minorities in Iraq.


Joel Anderson


P.S. Please forward this email to your friends and family that you believe would want to join this effort to stand up against genocide in Iraq.

To view my floor speech on SJR 17, visit

To read the text of the bill, visit


Email: [email protected]

Senator Anderson El Cajon District Office

500 Fesler Street Suite 201

El Cajon, CA 92020

Phone: 619-596-3136

Fax: 619-596-3140

15 Responses to "Senator Anderson seeks protection of religious minorities in Iraq – Letter from Senator Anderson seeking public support"

  1. grunt   August 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    While the senator’s goal is good, we cannot continually open our borders to every group, ever nationality that suffers in their home country. The "religion of peace" is fostering genocide in many, if not most parts of the world – even among Muslims there is genocide as the two major branches cannot agree. Currently, the Syrian Civil War (Shia vs Sunni) has claimed over 250,000 lives; Ethic violence in Sudan has claimed over 15,000; Palestinian conflict this year along over 2000, the Somali Civil War ( Islamic Courts Union is losing) nearly 2000; Islamist insurgency in Nigeria, over 5000; Central African Republic conflict (Muslims are being eaten!) Do we open our borders to all the losers? The country is going broke, wages are down, and our college educated graduates are far below the skill and knowledge level requested by industry. We have immigrant gang problems in most cities, and no jobs to employ the young. If we were to bring all the people who are being brutalized to the US, we would bring their problems and conflicts here.

  2. ion   August 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    More grand standing from a do-nothing state representative.

  3. To grunt #1   August 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    George Bush sent American troops to invade Iraq for no good reason.

    The current humanitarian crisis in Iraq is a foreseeable consequence of the decision made by George Bush.

    Given that the problems in Iraq result from the mistakes made by an American President, the United States does have a moral obligation to help the Iraqi refugees.

  4. USA and Religious War   August 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    The right-wing is taking us down a dangerous path as they try to reframe America as a Christian Nation (note the Founders insistence on Freedom of and from religion).

    Never before heard of a Chaldean-American, but they must be very, very old considering their empire was destroyed in 539 B.C.


    Chaldea or Chaldaea (k

  5. Seriously??   August 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I understand that liberals want to believe that all the problems in the middle east started with George Bush, but the truth is that religious wars were happening there long before most of us, or even our great grand parents were born, and Saddam Huissein was murdering citizens of Iraq and putting them in mass graves long before the invasion. Women and children are being raped and murdered simply because they are Christians. If we stand by and do nothing, it makes us as bad as the perpetrators.

  6. Me   August 23, 2014 at 11:09 am


    I’d hardly call Joel Anderson a "do-nothing state representative."

    He is probably one of most ‘responsive to his constituents’ state senator in Sacramento….as well as a good man.

    While I don’t necessarily agree with his particular stance on this subject…I think he’s one of the best we have.

    Too bad he’s outnumbered by the progressive liberals…but at the rate our democrat state senators are being arrested……maybe that will change.

    4 so far out of 40 senators…..10% either arrested or convicted.

  7. grunt   August 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    USA- the empire was destroyed, but the Chaldean people and religion live on – much like Rome. To TOGRUNT 1, I disagree, thier was a reason, for Bush to go in. The problem is Obama’s 6 making – he refused to listen to his experts; figuring that even 6 years after Bush, his people would still blame Bush for everything, as you have.

  8. Pink   August 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    @USA: I believe that you should have Googled Chaldean before putting your foot in your mouth. I’m assuming history wasn’t your best subject in school, and that you are too old for Middle Eastern studies, however their are still people calling themselves Chaldean’s and there is even a Chaldean Catholic Bishop, he is unfortunately in exile.

  9. Naive Onlooker   August 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    There is something fundamentally wrong with "We’ve love to help you not be slaughtered, but gosh, it would just be so expensive!"

  10. grunt   August 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    @Native Onlooker, just curious, were you one of ones supporting the millitary pull out of Iraq? That is when we could have protected the people.

  11. Ken   August 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Why are we going to "lift quotas on Iraqi Christian refugees to streamline the process of accepting them into the United States." but not the Shite Muslims who are also being killed by ISIS? Oh yeh, religious bigotry.

  12. Ken   August 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    @5 Women and children are being raped and murdered also because they are Shiite Muslims.

  13. apple jack   August 26, 2014 at 7:06 am

    If you’re not a Christian, preferably a fundamentalist one, you really don’t account for much according to this state senator.

  14. grunt   August 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    As I have stated before (concerning the illegal children) we cannot, must not be the safe haven for all the oppressed peoples of the world. In some areas Sunni kill Shia, in others Shia kill Sunni – do we bring both here – then we bring their war and hatred with them. Think of it this way; as we remove all the non-Muslims from areas that Muslims contest, it makes it easier for the Caliph to succeed. As soon as it is established in the entire Mid-East it will spread to Africa or Europe, and then as we remove non-Muslims from there, Europe will fall. Continue on, another few dozen years and we will have Muslims persecuting Christians in Michigan, Ohio, California, so we establish Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas as Christian safe havens. The way to defeat evil is met it head on and destroy it, not run from it.

  15. Tyler's Mom   August 27, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Palestinians are being slaughtered by Israel. Homosexuals are being killed all over the place. Do they get a free pass to come to? If not why are they left out?


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