Refugees Stream Into U.S. From Terror-Related Countries In Trump’s Ban


Since Trump’s seven-country travel restrictions were lifted, more than 1,800 refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen have entered the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department data.

The analysis indicates that refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Somalia were among the leading numbers. Furthermore, the analysis of State figures shows that of all refugees entering the U.S. under Trump, a slight majority are Muslim, reports The Washington Examiner

One week after Trump signed the executive order to halt refugee admissions for 120 days, a federal judge in Washington State suspended key parts of Trump’s order. In response, Trump is planning to issue a revised executive order to reinstate travel restrictions this week, changing who will be affected in order to address the legal concerns that embroiled his first order.

Trump plans to use “extreme vetting” to look for terroristic ties among refugees.

Here is a breakdown of the findings from the Pew Research Center’s analysis:

Of refugees coming from countries with no travel restrictions, 6,095 refugees entered the U.S. during Trump’s first month in office (Jan. 21 to Feb. 17), a period that includes the week before he issued the travel order. Among these refugees, a total of 2,778 are Muslims (46%) and 2,610 are Christians (43%)

Refugee admissions evenly split between Muslims and Christians during first four weeks of Trump's presidency

Of the total refugees admitted during the month, 2,733 (45%) were from the seven countries targeted by the executive order’s restrictions.

In fiscal year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 to Feb. 17, 2017), refugees who hold citizenship from the seven restricted countries have accounted for nearly half (49%) of 36,217 refugee admissions during this time.

Among the seven restricted countries, Syria (5,490), Iraq (5,378) and Somalia (4,480) are the leading nationalities of refugees entering the U.S. in fiscal 2017. Just nine refugees are citizens of Libya or Yemen.

Suspension of Trump's executive order not associated with major refugee surge from restricted countries

While the federal courts have reversed some aspects of Trump’s executive order, the president’s decision to lower the number of refugees admitted in fiscal year 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000 remains in effect, says the report.

As a result, the analysis claims that the State Department has “alerted resettlement agencies that refugee arrivals will soon end, and refugee resettlement agencies have begun laying off staff.”

H/T: Washington Examiner, Pew Research

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