WATCH: MSNBC Host Taunts Evangelical Christian GOP Rep Over Changing Asylum Law: ‘Is It Un-Christian?’

On Tuesday on MSNBC Live, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt taunted Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, an evangelical Christian, over the GOP’s intent to change asylum laws to prevent criminals from entering the United States, calling the GOP’s intent “un-Christian.”

Hunt began, “Let’s talk for a second about some of the policies that we’re seeing the Trump administration apply now at the border. Jeff Sessions has announced he's changing the rules for asylum seekers, and those people who are coming and saying that they are victims of domestic violence will not be able to find asylum here in the United States. Do you think that's a Christian approach?”

Jordan, one of the founding members of the Freedom Caucus, replied, “What I do know is that the asylum laws need to be changed. When some 19-year-old can come here and say there’s a credible fear of persecution and that 19-year-old is actually a part of MS-13, we’ve got to change our asylum laws. Right now to—“

Hunt interrupted, “I'm not asking you about people who are part of MS-13 — I'm asking you about, say, a woman — a young woman who comes here and says, ‘I'm a victim of domestic violence.’ Our asylum laws previously said she could come here and apply for asylum.”

Jordan responded, “What I’m saying is that in a general sense our asylum laws have to change because anyone can show up at the border. They’ve been coached; they say, ‘I have a credible fear of persecution.’ That persecution is x, y, whatever, then that needs to be changed. Certainly we don’t want anyone to be any domestic violence victims, not getting refuge and safety from that, but what I’m saying is, the asylum laws have to be changed. Everyone agrees with that, everyone knows—“

Hunt barged in again, snapping, “And you think that’s the Christian approach to that?”

Jordan answered, “What I’m saying is — no, no, for people who are persecuted—“

Hunt pressed nastily, “Is it un-Christian?”

Jordan: “—we want to help them. What I’m saying is: asylum laws have to change. Let’s get on with that. And what mostly needs to happen, Kasie, is that we need an immigration law, we need an immigration bill that is consistent with what we told the American people. Sanctuary cities needs to be changed; e-verify, chain-migration; visa lottery; building a border security wall. Let’s focus on all those policies that were front and center in the campaign, and then we will also deal with the DACA population. Let’s have that kind of bill that’s consistent with what we told the American people we were going to do if they elected us.”

Hunt smirked, "I'm still not hearing you argue that it's a Christian policy, sir."

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