REPORT: Thousands of refugees admitted to U.S. since Trump took office

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In an effort to shine a light on the refugee situation in America, blogger Ann Corcoran writes at Refugee Resettlement Watch.

In Thursday’s post, she reports on disturbing facts regarding President Trump’s campaign promise to “put a moratorium on the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days to review how refugees are vetted and look to assure ‘extreme vetting’ was put in place.” Unfortunately, it’s not good news.

According to Corcoran, Trump has admitted 12,218 Syrian and Somali refugees into the U.S. since his Inauguration in January.

“I don’t want to hear of one defender who says he was stymied by judges,” commented Corcoran, adding, “He never had to place a refugee slowdown in an Executive Order! The Refugee Act of 1980 gives the President enormous powers.”

She further noted that during this fiscal year, 42,235 refugees have come to our country. “Trump also said he was capping the number for the year at 50,000, but at the present rate of admission, he will surpass 60,000,” she points out, adding that this has been the average since 9/11/2001.

Data shows that most refugees are coming in from the following countries:

  • Burma (1,497) – 401 of these are Rohingya Muslims who, like Syrians, cannot be vetted.
  • DR Congo (1,866) – We are well on our way to reaching 50,000, which we promised the UN we would scatter across America.
  • Iraq (1,503) – Over 122,000 have been admitted since 2009.
  • Somalia (1,359) – We have admitted well over 100,000 over the past 20 years, with no end in sight.
  • Syria (1,472) – Trump said he would put a stop to these refugees and even claimed he would send some of them back.

Dismayed by Ivanka Trump’s recent comments stating that opening the border to Syrian refugees “has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough in and of itself,” Corcoran expressed hope that the president does not listen to his daughter in this case.

“If he throws billions of taxpayer dollars to the refugee industry in the 2018 budget and doesn’t drastically cut refugee admissions for the upcoming year, then we will know for sure that the United Nations/US Refugee Admissions Program will never be reformed,” said Corcoran.


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