President Trump made it clear during his campaign he was going to put the United States first and everyone else second. Part of that promise included cutting back the amount of refugees we allow into our country. However, despite promises to cut back that statistic a report indicates that the number of refugees has actually increased under the Trump administration.
The State Department announced through a press release on Wednesday that the United States has surpassed 50,000 refugees for the year. The problem is that we have a 50,000 cap under the current administration. Between October of 2016 and now we have allowed 50,086 refugees to enter the United States. This information was reported to The Washington Examiner.
Each year the President sets a capped number of how many refugees he wants to allow into our country. The former administration had strikingly large numbers compared to the current administration. President Obama had 85,000 for 2016 and then 110,000 for 2017. But President Trump re-worked those numbers upon entering the White House.
When President Trump implemented the immigration order back in January which limited travel for six months from several predominantly Muslim countries he included the almost 60% slash in refugee acceptances. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily stall the immigration order, they did not stop the implementation of the 50,000 refugee cap.
Due to the Supreme Court’s order, the 50,000 refugee-cap is permitted to be passed. Because they have ruled that individuals who can prove that potential immigrants with parents, siblings, children, sons, and daughters in law, spouses and engaged partners living in the United States must be permitted access as this because they are qualified as a “bona fide relationship.”
However, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and brothers and sisters in law are not protected under this current rule. The Pew Research Center also released statistics indicating that more Christian refugees than Muslim refugees are being permitted to enter the United States. This is just in reference to the first few months of the Presidents administration.
A State Department spokesperson said the following about what qualifies as a bona fide relationship,
“After we reach 50,000 refugee arrivals for FY2017, only those individuals who have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States will be eligible for admission through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.”
The statistics speak for themselves. From January 21st, the President’s inauguration, to the end of June more than 9,500 Christian refugees entered the United States as opposed to the 7,250 Muslim refugees who were accepted. Under the Obama administration, it was Muslim refugees who were given preference.
In January when President Trump took his oath of office Muslims made up 50 percent of the total refugee population while Christians made up 41 percent. But now that President Trump is fully in charge as of June that number has changed. Now, 57 percent of incoming refugees are Christian while 31 percent are Muslim.
Pew Research wrote a report with the following statistical information,
“From Donald Trump’s first full day in office on Jan. 21 through June 30, 9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim. Some 11% of these arrivals belong to other religions, while about 1% claim no religious affiliation.
The religious composition of refugees to the U.S. has been shifting on a monthly basis as well. In February, Trump’s first full month in office, Muslims accounted for 50% of the 4,580 refugees who entered the U.S., and Christians made up 41% of arrivals. By June, Christians (57%) made up a larger share of arrivals than Muslims (31%).
This stands in contrast to fiscal 2016, when a record number of Muslim refugees entered the U.S. and Muslims made up a higher share of admitted refugees than Christians (46% vs. 44%, respectively). However, the shift in the religious composition of refugees since January falls in line with longer-term trends: Between fiscal years 2002 and 2016, Christians outnumbered Muslim refugees in all but three years – 2005, 2006 and 2016.”
The numbers are quite surprising. But also not. Depending on where your political opinions lead you.
Comment below on whether you think President Trump kept his promise to increase the number of Christian refugees allowed into the United States. Or did he fail the American people by not being more stringent in upholding that refugee cap?