Refugee flows cut in half dur­ing Trump’s first months

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

The num­ber of refugees en­ter­ing the U.S. de­creased by nearly half dur­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s first three months in of­fice, newly re­leased im­mi­gra­tion data re­veal.

About 13,000 refugees en­tered the U.S. dur­ing the first three months of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, down from roughly 25,000 dur­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama’s last months in of­fice, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics pub­lished by the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity on Fri­day.

When com­pared to data from a year ear­lier, the sta­tis­tics show 86 per­cent more refugees en­tered the U.S. dur­ing Mr. Obama’s last three months in the White House than at the end of 2015 when he still had a full year in of­fice.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, mean­while, saw 12 per­cent fewer ar­rivals dur­ing the first three months of 2017 than the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion wit­nessed in the same span the year prior, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s sta­tis­tics.

Roughly two-thirds of the refugees ad­mit­ted at the end of Mr. Obama’s pres­i­dency as well as the start of Mr. Trump’s term have orig­i­nated from the same five coun­tries, DHS said: the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq, So­ma­lia and Myan­mar.

“Ex­cept for Syria, these were also the lead­ing coun­tries of na­tion­al­ity in the first two quar­ters of Fis­cal Year 2016,” the agency said.

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About 13,000 refugees en­tered the U.S. dur­ing the first three months of Pres­i­dent Trump’s term, this is down from roughly 25,000 dur­ing Obama’s.

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