A new report released by the Department of Homeland Security shows the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. was reduced by half after President Trump took office.
According to a report published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday, titled “Legal Immigration and Adjustment of Status Report Fiscal Year 2017, Quarter 2,” an estimated 13,000 people were admitted as refugees during the first three months of Trump’s presidency, compared to 25,000 for the previous quarter under the former administration.
Even more shocking is that 25,000 refugees suggests an 86 percent increase over the same period in 2015, indicating a massive uptick in refugee admissions under former President Obama during the final three months of his presidency.
If the admissions rate had remained constant in Obama’s final three months, the decline under the Trump administration during his first three months might not have been as drastic, which the statistics indicate was a 12 percent reduction compared to the same period in Fiscal Year 2016.
Other insights revealed that approximately two-thirds of refugees admitted to the U.S. in the past three months were from five countries: Syria and Somalia, both included in the travel ban; Iraq, which was included in the first version of the ban; the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burma.
Shortly after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning all refugee admissions to the U.S. for 120 days and barring entry for 90 days to immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order was met with protests in airports and streets across the nation and deemed unconstitutional by activists groups. It has also been blocked by the federal court. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the order this week before its summer hiatus.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on Trump’s revised travel ban this week before the court’s summer hiatus begins.
Refugee admission rates are expected to plummet even further after Trump gave a directive in March for the secretary of state to deliver a report “detailing the estimated long-term costs of the United States Refugee Admissions Program at the Federal, State, and local levels, along with recommendations about how to curtail those costs.”
Trump has sought to reduce the number of refugees to 50,000 this year.
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