10,000 Muslim Refugees Have Just Been Approved to Come to the U.S.

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The State Department has affirmed they will meet President Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States this year, and expects the numbers to “increase exponentially” over the summer, spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday. 3,566 Syrian refugees as of Tuesday have been admitted – or 35.6 percent of the 10,000 target number. Four months ago, only 841 refugees had arrived.

“I think increases in processing capacity have improved our ability to meet the 10,000 target for Syrian refugee admissions,” Toner said, although acknowledging that “we’re not there, we’re a good ways from it. But we do expect the arrivals to increase exponentially as we move through the summer, so we are still saying we’re going to meet that 10,000-person commitment.”

The number of Christians among the Syrian refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S. is not-so-shockingly miniscule. Of the 3,566 admitted so far this year, just 12 (0.33 percent) are Christians, and 3,494 (97.9 percent) are Sunni Muslims. And of the 761 admitted since the beginning of June, none are Christians. The 761 refugees comprise 759 Sunnis, and two other Muslims.

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