The “award” for most refugees per capita received by any state in America goes to, NEBRASKA.
According to newly released federal government data by the U.S. State Department’s Refugee Processing Center and the U.S. Census Bureau, Nebraska took in 1441 refugees from October of 2015 to September of 2016. That number equates to 76 refugees for every 100,000 Nebraskans.
Out of the 1441 number comes 118 Syrian refugees. The figure is higher than any of Nebraska’s neighboring states, aside from Colorado and Missouri.
Gov. Pete Ricketts joined other governors in calling on President Barack Obama to suspend all Syrian refugee resettlements, citing security concerns in the wake of several ISIS related terrorist attacks.
The supporters of refugee resettlement say the screening process for all refugees coming to the U.S. requires thorough background checks and that Syrians are subject to additional security screenings.
According to Omaha.com, Governor Ricketts stated Wednesday that, “The safety of Nebraskans is my top priority, and any refugee resettlement efforts should only occur when the federal government can conduct thorough security screenings.”
“Ricketts said he believes there are still unresolved concerns about the federal government’s screening of refugees who come from regions such as Syria and that it’s “very difficult” for the U.S. to collect accurate data and conduct thorough background checks on potential resettlement cases in these areas.”
In his statement he also said, “I urge President-elect Trump to take steps to strengthen the security screening process, so that the American people can have faith in the federal government’s refugee resettlement program.”
Trump had promised to stop all Syrian and Middle Eastern immigration until a better way of vetting them was introduced.
Todd Reckling, a vice president of Lutheran Family Services, the state’s largest of three placement agencies stated that about 90 percent of refugees that have come to the state came to reunite with their families who have already been living in Nebraska.
North Dakota came in second with 71 refugees per 100,000 residents, and Idaho was third with 69 refugees per 100,000. California, Texas and New York took in the most refugees overall, not measured by per capita.
The three states resettled a combined 21,000 refugees, about a quarter of the U.S. total of 85,000.
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