Evangelist Franklin Graham announced on Feb. 11 that his charity, Samaritan's Purse, is giving medical care to "badly wounded ISIS fighters."
Graham made this revelation on Facebook:
For example, right now with our Emergency Field Trauma Hospital outside Mosul, Iraq, we are treating Muslims, wounded civilians—men, women, and children—many of whom were shot by ISIS snipers as they fled Mosul.
At the same time, we are treating badly wounded ISIS fighters. Our medical teams take them in, perform surgery, bind up their wounds, and give everyone the same compassionate, Christian care—helping them in Jesus’ Name.
Forbes noted in 2014 that it is illegal under U.S. law to provide "material support or resources" to a designated terrorist group, such as ISIS, but there are exceptions for medical or religious materials.
Vox reported in November 2016 that about 5,000 U.S. troops were in Iraq to help train and arm Iraqi forces against the ISIS militants in Mosul. U.S. forces have used Apache attack helicopters, warplanes and drones against ISIS.
After noting that Samaritan's Purse provides medical aid to some ISIS fighters, Graham wrote on Facebook how he doesn't want them, or other unspecified Muslim groups, immigrating the U.S.:
Just because we give medical care to ISIS fighters doesn’t mean I would want to allow any one of them to immigrate to the United States. That would be crazy. Taking time to vet who we’re allowing to enter America isn’t too much to ask—we need to know who they are. God does tell us to help the stranger and those in need; but God doesn’t tell us to expose our cities, homes, and lives to hostile people. Remember, Jerusalem had walls and gates, and when they had a threat, the gates were closed.
Many Muslim groups have made no secret of their deep and deadly hatred for this country. There is a fundamental incompatibility between Islam’s Sharia law and our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Pray for wisdom for President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the new administration as they try to work through the challenges to find the best ways to keep America safe and secure.