Since the beginning of fiscal year 2017, (October 1), the Obama administration has accepted 25,584 refugees into the United States. According to the State Department’s interactive website, that number has doubled from the same period of fiscal year 2016, (October 1 through December 20, 2015.)
This has been the most refugees accepted into the United States during Obama’s entire eight years of office. The next highest occurring influx is between October 1 and December 26 of 2012, for FY 2013.
Breitbart reported that the Obama administration is bringing in record numbers of refugees before January 20, 2017, when President-elect Trump is sworn into office. Throughout his campaign, Trump promised to halt the flow of refugees coming into the U.S. from Syria or from any other hostile countries.
A total of 85,000 refugees were brought into the U.S. during FY 2016. Congress was asked by the Obama administration for authority over the budget to bring in a total of 110,000 refugees for FY 2017. However, that request was not authorized. As it stands, the spending will continue until March, with the designated annual amount of 85,000 refugees.
If the remaining nine months of FY 2017 continue with this level of resettlement, over 100,000 refugees will be brought into America. It is unknown how the agencies will fund the other 15,000 without a budget. On the other hand, if Trump holds true to his campaign promises, the number of refugees entering the U.S. will most likely go below 85,000, predicted Breitbart.
Syrian and Somali refugees, who are expected go on the “pause” list once the Trump’s administration gets into office, are being quickly resettled in large numbers across America by the current administration.
There have been 3,542 refugees settled in the U.S. from Syria since October 1st, an increase of more than 14,000 above the annual rate, from the 12,500 that were resettled in FY 2016. Meanwhile, in that same time period, there were 3,474 refugees from Somalia resettled in the U.S. This amount is just below the 14,000 annual rate, which is a major increase from the 9,020 resettled in FY 2016.
Even though Michigan played a major role in President-elect Trump’s victory, standing with him in complete opposition to the refugee resettlement, the Obama administration has disregarded their desires and continues to send large numbers of Syrian refugees to that state. Since October 1, 389 Syrian refugees have resettled in Michigan, which ranks as the largest settlement than any other state. With 372, California is the second largest host of Syrian refugees during that time period.
Pennsylvania (261), Texas (245), and Florida (202) are the remaining top five Syrian destinations, despite the fact that these states supported Trump’s agenda.
In a letter to the Obama administration, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared his desire to withdraw the Lone Star State from the federal refugee resettlement program. This sets the stage for a Tenth Amendment lawsuit to end the program in Texas. Tennessee will soon file a lawsuit that mimics these actions.
Obama has ignored public outcry concerning the two recent violent outbreaks by Somali refugees, and has continued to increase their resettlement. One such incident occurred in November when Abdul Razak plowed through a crowd on Ohio State campus, hitting eleven students with his vehicle. Another attack on U.S. civilians, which was carried out by Dahir Adan, occurred at a Minnesota mall.
Minnesota, home to the largest population of 70,000 Somali refugees, has seen an additional 433 Somali refugees resettled in their state since October 1.
Since October 1, New York (343), Ohio (248), Kentucky (239), and Arizona (225) are among the top five states to resettle Somali refugees.
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