Trump Reduces Refugee Admissions By 70%

In keeping with his campaign pledge, Donald Trump is reducing immigration all over the place. The latest good news out of Washington is that refugee rates have dropped 70% since Trump took over for Obama. A drop of a full 70%. Center for Immigration Studies researcher Nayla Rush released a study that shows refugee admissions dropped during Trump’s first year by a healthy margin.

From CIS.org

Refugee Admissions Under the Trump Administration from January 20, 2017, to December 20, 2017 (11 months)

  • Total admissions: 28,875
  • Christians: 15,376 (53.2 percent)
  • Muslims: 9,235 (32 percent)
  • Buddhists: 1,551(5.4 percent)
  • Hindus: 1,112 (3.8 percent)

Top Nationalities

  1. Dem. Rep. Congo: 5,108 — Mostly Christians: 4,907 (Muslims: 178)
  2. Burma: 3,516 — Mostly Christians: 1,985 (Muslims: 991; Buddhists: 473)
  3. Bhutan: 3,425 — Hindu: 1,081; Buddhists: 1,055; Christians: 688; Muslims: 2; Kirat: 597
  4. Ukraine: 2,853 — Mostly Christians: 2,750 (Muslims: 0)
  5. Somalia: 2,451— Mostly Muslims: 2,441 (Christians: 9)
  6. Iraq: 2,341 — Mostly Muslims: 1,653 (Christians: 472)
  7. Syria: 2,002 — Mostly Muslims: 1,954 (Christians: 39)
  8. Eritrea: 1,704 — Mostly Christians: 1,356 (Muslims: 348)
  9. Iran: 1,124 — Mostly Christians: 740 (Muslims: 60)
  10. Afghanistan: 607 — Mostly Muslims: 597 (Christians: 5)
  11. Sudan: 594 — Mostly Muslims: 444 (Christians: 154)

Note that on December 8 the State Department began implementing the full Presidential Proclamation 9645, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats”, which restricts entry into the United States for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Venezuela, and Yemen for security reasons. Of these, only one Somali was admitted to the United States between December 8 and December 20, 2017.

Refugee Admissions Under the Obama Administration from January 20, 2016, to December 20, 2016 (11 months)

  • Total admissions: 93,668
  • Muslims: 42,175 (45 percent)
  • Christians: 41,389 (44.2 percent)
  • Buddhists: 2,990 (3.2 percent)
  • Hindus: 2,041 (2.2 percent)

Top Nationalities

  1. Dem. Rep. Congo: 19,511 — Mostly Christians: 18,706 (Muslims: 689)
  2. Syria: 15,076 — Mostly Muslims: 14,903 (Christians: 121)
  3. Burma: 11,051 — Mostly Christians: 6,738 (Muslims: 2,855; Buddhists: 1,287)
  4. Iraq: 10,599 — Mostly Muslims: 8,069 (Christians: 1,812)
  5. Somalia: 10,463 — Mostly Muslims: 10,455 (Christians: 7)
  6. Bhutan: 5,869 — Hindus: 1,953; Buddhists: 1,660; Christians: 1,285
  7. Iran: 3,944 — Mostly Christians: 2,158 (Muslims: 393)
  8. Ukraine: 3,470 — Mostly Christians: 3,415
  9. Afghanistan: 2,802 — Mostly Muslims: 2724 (Christians: 67)
  10. Eritrea: 1,929 — Mostly Christians: 1,558 (Muslims: 369)
  11. Sudan: 1,466 — Mostly Muslims: 1,086 (Christians: 380)

Looking at refugee admissions under President Obama and President Trump since the beginning of FY 2017 to date (October 1, 2016, to December 20, 2017), we find that more refugees were admitted in three months under the Obama administration (30,017) than in 11 months under the Trump administration (28,875). Those who were admitted in the first three months of FY 2017 under Obama were plurality Muslim (47.7 percent) while those admitted the following 11 months under Trump were mostly Christian (53.2 percent).

For 2018, Trump has set the refugee cap at 45,000 which is the lowest cap since 1980. If leftwing activist judges had not disregarded the law, we would have had about 5,200 less refugees in 2017.