According to the highly reputable Pew Research firm, the number of Muslim refugees admitted to the United States in the first half of fiscal 2018 has dropped from the previous year more than any other religious group, falling to nearly 1,800 compared with the roughly 22,900 admitted in all of fiscal 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department data.
Pew Research The low for Muslim refugee admissions (6,100) came in fiscal 2002, when the U.S. largely suspended refugee admissions for several months and tightened security measures following the 9/11 attacks.
The reduction in Muslim refugee admissions is part of an overall slowdown in admissions. About 10,500 refugees, including about 6,700 Christians, entered the U.S. from Oct. 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018 – far behind the 39,100 admissions at this point in fiscal 2017 (including 18,500 Muslims and 16,900 Christians).
As a result of these changes, Christians account for a far larger share of refugees admitted than Muslims the first half of fiscal 2018 (63% vs. 17%). By comparison, in full fiscal 2017 Christians (47%) and Muslims (43%) were more evenly split, and in fiscal 2016 the Muslim share (46%) slightly exceeded the Christian share (44%).
The number of refugees who enter the U.S. in fiscal 2018 is expected to fall below the previous year’s total (53,700) because President Donald Trump’s administration capped admissionsat 45,000 this year, the lowest since Congress created the current refugee program in 1980 for those fleeing persecution in their home countries. The slower pace of U.S. refugee admissions in fiscal 2018 is also due to the fact that the current administration restricted admissions for several months as part of a review that resulted in tougher security screening measures. Refugee admissions fully resumed in late January 2018.
Ever since Sen. Ted Kennedy sponsored the Immigration Reform Act in 1965, immigrants from the Third World with little, if any, education and skills have been given priority over immigrants from Europe and North America who would benefit America. Trump supports merit based immigration and this unfair quota system (favoring countries in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East) is about to change.
The lowered cap is one of several changesto the U.S. immigration system pursued by the Trump administration. Some immigration proposals, including those involving refugees, have been challenged in courton grounds that they discriminate against Muslims. In an ongoing case, the Supreme Court has heard arguments on travel restrictionsissued by Trump that critics say illegally target some prospective U.S. immigrants, including refugees, from certain countries based on religion.
The origins of U.S. refugees in fiscal 2018 align with the shift in religious affiliation. No Muslim-majority countries are represented among the top five nationalities of refugees admitted so far this fiscal year. By contrast, three of the top five origin countries of refugees in fiscal 2017 (as ordered by the Obama regime) had Muslim-majority populations – Iraq, Syria and Somalia.
U.S. refugee admissions of Muslims stand in contrast to global refugee trends. For each year over the past decade, about two-thirds of refugees living outside of their birth country have come from Muslim-majority countries, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees data.
Seattle Times President Trump promised to stop Syrian refugees from coming to the U.S. And he largely has, along with refugees from other Muslim-majority countries including Somalia, Iraq and Iran. The dramatic drop in resettlements means big changes for the makeup of refugees nationally.
Indeed, Trump has frequently voiced suspicion about Muslim refugees in general — pointing to assaults and terrorist attacks in Europe, some involving recent arrivals.
Trump succeeded in blocking most refugees from 11 predominantly Muslim countries — including Syria, Iran, Iraq and Somalia — for 90 days. That period ended in January, but the administration then imposed heightened security screenings of refugees from those countries.
“They are designed to keep nefarious and fraudulent actors from exploiting the refugee program to enter the United States,” the Department of Homeland Security said in its announcement. Some refugees are still getting in from those countries, but the numbers over the last six months are very small: 42 from Syria, for instance, nationwide.
John Forseth, program director of refugee resettlement for Lutheran Community Services Northwest, late last year, helped Liban Mohamed, a 27-year-old from Somalia, prepare for the arrival of Mohamed’s parents and EIGHT siblings. Living in Nairobi, they were cleared by the U.S. government to fly here in December.
Forseth’s program found the family a house that could accommodate them all (paid for by American taxpayers for life, no doubt), no easy feat, and collected holiday presents for the kids (Why? Somalis don’t celebrate Christmas).
But the family’s flight was postponed, pushing their arrival into January. And then came Trump’s first travel and refugee ban, barring Somalis, among others, from entering the U.S. That meant the family would have to wait, according to a government note Forseth received.
That ban is long since defunct, but the family is still waiting, the holiday gifts for the children given away to others after sitting in the organization’s basement for a year.
Mohamed said his parents don’t work in Kenya, and the family depends on what he sends them from his income as an aircraft-cabin cleaner. It’s not enough for three meals a day or spacious housing. The 10 of them share two bedrooms.
“Every night, they call me and ask me, how is life in America?” (They don’t work but have a phone?) Mohamed said. They are no longer sure they’ll ever find out for themselves. (Hopefully not. Maybe your father should find a job)