Over the past month, refugee admissions had slowed under President Trump. However, the U.S. State Department now says it will bring refugee admissions up to more normal levels, more than double it’s current rate.
Refugees arriving in U.S. cities every week currently number 400. That will rise to 900 after Derrick Watson, a federal judge in Hawaii, issued a nationwide injunction that limited President Trumps March 6 executive order that capped the arrivals. Since the injunction on March 15, the State Department cannot enforce or implement sections 2 and 6 of the order. Section 6[b] lowers refugee arrivals from the 110,00 set by Obama to 50,000.
With the cap now back to the 110,000 Obama level, the State Department will continue to accept and schedule travel for pre-screened refugees.
So far this fiscal year, the U.S. has taken in 39,082 refugees, according to a State Department database. At the 900 person per week rate, 62,482 refugees will have been accepted in the current fiscal year, ending on Sept. 30. That’s down from fiscal year 2016 when 84,994 refugees entered the U.S. , but not by much.
World Net Daily released a list of the year by year totals for refugee arrivals since 2002:
- 2002: 45,896
- 2003: 39,554
- 2004: 79,158
- 2005: 69,006
- 2006: 41,223
- 2007: 48,282
- 2008: 60,191
- 2009: 74,654
- 2010: 73,311
- 2011: 56,424
- 2012: 58,238
- 2013: 69,926
- 2014: 69,987
- 2015: 69,993
- 2016: 84,994
Trump’s March 6 executive order was an attempt to implement additional vetting for refugees. It required a 120-day pause on refugee resettlement and a 90-day ban on visa travel from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Yemen. Critics complained because the countries included in the ban are predominantly Muslim.
Currently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees selects some 95 percent of the refugees sent to the U.S. They are screened by the U.N. and Homeland Security with the help of other agencies, including the FBI. After being cleared, the State Department sends their files on to one of nine private nonprofit agencies that help place the refugees.
All of this screening is often useless when the US cannot access data about the refugees. The six countries named in the March 6 executive order were listed because they lack the networks necessary to gather information relevant to the U.S. in the vetting procedures.
Some states are refusing to accept new refugees, stating that it is a violation of the 10th Amendment for the government to require them to do so.
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