After his inauguration, President Trump tried to put a temporary freeze on the refugee program, in order to implement a better vetting system, but the actions of a federal judge in Washington, and a federal judge in Hawaii have blocked Trump’s executive orders.
However, according to reports, the number of refugees being resettled into the United States since Trump’s inauguration is still plummeting.
For the first four months of fiscal year 2017 (while Obama was still in office) a monthly average of 8,112 refugees were being admitted into the U.S.
In March 2017, the United States accepted 2,070 foreign refugees, which is reportedly the lowest number since 2013.
In April 2017 , a total of 3,316 refugees were admitted – a significant jump from March, but still much lower than the monthly average under Obama.
In a further comparison, during the first four months of the fiscal year, Obama brought in an average of 1,221 Syrian refugees to the U.S. each month. That number started plummeting after Trump took office:
- February 2017 – 673 Syrian refugees
- March 2017 – 282 Syrian refugees
- April 2017 – 226 Syrian refugees
Other countries have also seen reductions in the number of refugees. Comparing the monthly average admissions of October to January (under Obama) to the monthly average of February to April (under Trump), the numbers are as follows:
- Somalia: Obama’s monthly average 1,009. Under Trump, it has dropped to a monthly average of 378.
- Iran: Obama’s monthly average was 409. Under Trump, it has dropped to 166.
- Sudan: The monthly average dropped from 114 under Obama to 86 under Trump.
- Iraq: The monthly average dropped from 1,210 under Obama to 433 under Trump.
Despite the fact that federal judges have blocked Trump’s executive orders, the administration is still taking action to quietly reduce the influx of refugees from countries that have ties to terror.
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