Refugee admission drop dramatically during the first two months of the new fiscal year, showing that President Donald Trump is making good on his promise to curb U.S. refugee admission.
What do the numbers show?
According to government data, only 3,108 refugees were allowed admission into the U.S. in October and November, Fox News reported. During the same period last year, the Obama administration granted 18,300 refugees admission.
That means there has been an 83 percent drop in refugee admission.
The numbers come after Trump restarted the U.S. refugee resettlement program in October, which came after a monthslong freeze on refugee admission. During the freeze, the administration created new “enhanced screening measures” that are aimed to better vet refugees who seek asylum in the U.S.
In September, Trump also set the annual refugee resettlement cap at 45,000. It was previously north of 100,000.
What are the details?
While the number of refugees granted entrance over the last two months is a striking number, what’s even more striking is where they came from and what religion they are affiliated with.
During October and November last year, a large majority of the refugees admitted were Muslim and from war-torn Middle Eastern countries, such as Iraq, Syria and Somalia.
For example, according to CNS News, the Obama administration admitted 2,259 Syrians, 2,262 Iraqis and 2,463 Somalis in October and November last year. The Syrians were nearly 98 percent Muslim, the Somalis nearly 100 percent and the Iraqis were 75 percent Muslim. This October and November, however, only 33 Syrians, 76 Iraqis and 126 Somalis were granted asylum.
Overall, the biggest contingents came from Bhutan and Burma in Asia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea in Africa and Ukraine. The majority, nearly 60 percent, were Christians, while just 15 percent were Muslim. Other religions included Hinduism and Buddhism.