“The Trump administration has again cut the number of refugees allowed into the U.S.,” writers at “Countable” lament, channeling moderately-liberal Axios. What really has them scrambling for a safe space and some Play-doh is that “the overwhelming majority of the small group of refugees who were admitted this past year are Christians,” the one category that especially infuriates the democratic left.
“Islam is the predominant religion in nations such as Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, which account for 39% of the 25 million refugees in the world, according to UN data,” they write. What they don’t point out is that those are all terrorist related countries.
President Donald Trump and his administration boosted the Christian slice of the refugee inflow pie from below 50 percent two years ago, up to a whopping 71 percent in 2018, Breitbart reports, also citing Axios and a diagram they prepared.
Andrew Witherspoon at Axios took the time to plot out all the data in a chart making the media rounds, that depicts Christian refugee numbers going through the roof. The rest of the lines on his chart would send bankers rushing for the window ledges if they were on a financial report.
The biggest thing it shows is that the flow of refugees has been slowed to a manageable rate. Obama admitted just a hair under 86,000 during his last year in office. The 2018 funding year ends this month and indicates the total will be a mere 21,058 for this year.
Slashing Muslim resettlement by more than 92 percent from Barack Obama’s 2016 rate did have a huge impact, accounting for the increase in Christian numbers. The overall Muslim share “dropped from 50 percent to 15 percent.”
Many Democrats are furious that the State Department under President Trump only admitted 2,341 Muslims where Obama would have found room for around 30,201, like he did in 2016.
Immigrants from “countries with known Islamic terrorist problems” are down to the bare minimum. Around 250 were admitted from Somalia, compared with 8,300 in 2016, for a 97 percent decrease.
On the flip side, Reuters observes, “Refugees admitted to the United States from the small European country of Moldova, for example, now outnumber those from Syria by three to one, although the number of Syrian refugees worldwide outnumbers the total population of Moldova.”
Breitbart News recently reported the new cap for the 2019 funding year will be set at 30,000. That number, even though it represents “the lowest refugee cap in nearly four decades” represents the maximum that will be allowed. If all goes well, the administration would like to keep it contained under 22,000, one inside source relates to Reuters.
Settling people from other countries in the U.S. is expensive, no matter where they come from, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained, “We can house, feed, and provide medical care for hundreds of thousands more refugees closer to their homes and do so more rapidly than we could possibly do here in the United States,” he said in a September 17, statement.
“The ultimate goal is the best possible care and safety of these people in need, and our approach is designed to achieve this noble objective.”
While explaining the cap reduction from the 45,000 limit that was set for 2018, Pompeo noted, “We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers.” That makes the United States, he says, “the most generous nation in the world when it comes to protection-based immigration.”
The difference between “refugees” and “asylum seekers,” other than 250,000, is that refugees are approved for resettlement, while asylum seekers only have pending applications.
According to the organization UN Refugees, “A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.”
The Refugee Council defines an asylum seeker as “A person who has left their country of origin and formally applied for asylum in another country but whose application has not yet been concluded.”
“Today’s announcement,” Jennifer Quigley, of Human Rights First argues in a statement, “is a shameful abdication of our humanity in the face of the worst refugee crisis in history.” Some people might wonder how many homeless people she shelters at her place.
The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), is upset by the “cruel and short sighted” decision, warning that reducing the cap will “do untold damage to our nation’s values and countless lives across the world.”
Pompeo disagrees. The new limit reflects, he assures, “the administration’s preference for settling refugees closer to their home countries, something President Donald Trump has said would be cheaper than admitting them to the United States.”
Security is the prime concern for the administration he insists. “We must continue to responsibly vet applicants to prevent the entry of those who might do harm to our country.”
The in-house refugee specialist over at Amnesty International USA, Ryan Mace, wants Congress to fight the plan in budget hearings. “The Trump administration is abandoning this country’s promise to refugees,” he sulks. “Today’s announcement demonstrates another undeniable political attack against people who have been forced to flee their homes.”
Mr. Mace did not disclose how many homeless Americans he provides with shelter.