While attention has been given to the rising number of Muslim refugees being admitted into the U.S., the Obama administration has been quietly increasing the numbers even more under a separate program – “green cards”.
Since Obama came into office, green cards to Muslim immigrants into the United States has increased by a full 29 percent, according to data gathered from the Department of Homeland Security.
The Washington Examiner reported on a recent study from the Immigration Reform Law Institute which revealed that in fiscal year 2014, green cards were issued to 178,403 people from Muslim nations. (Compared to a cap of 70,000 refugee admissions in 2014 from around the world.)
Also in 2014, 18 percent of all green cards were issued to people from Muslim nations, up from 14 percent the year Obama was elected. When India is included in that analysis, where Islam is also present, the percentage increases to 24 percent.
Approximately 1 million green cards are issued each year, which give an immigrant legal permanent residence status, with the right to work in the U.S., access to federal welfare, Social Security and Medicare, along with the ability to sponsor their spouse and minor children as well. After five years, they can apply for U.S. citizenship, giving them voting rights and the ability to bring elderly relatives into the U.S.
Obama brought in a total of 12,587 Syrian refugees into the United States in fiscal year 2016, with over 98 percent of them being Muslim, but this even pales in comparison to the number of Muslims coming to the U.S. with green cards.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called for a pause on all Muslim immigration until better vetting programs are in place, while Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton has called for an increase in the numbers.
The Washington Examiner quoted Ian Smith, of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, who said, “Why is the government forcing religious and cultural diversity on its own people? Does this administration see the historic majority of the nation as somehow deficient? I don’t see why the demographic makeup of the country has to be changed so dramatically.”
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