President Obama allowed a refugee surge before Donald Trump was installed in office.
While the courts are fighting tooth and nail against Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban,” the refugee surge under Barack Obama has definitely come to an end. This is more evidence that Donald Trump has endeavored to fulfill his promises. While refugees were from mostly the same countries as last year (the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Myanmar) there were fewer of them.
According to the L.A. Times, “Number of refugees admitted to U.S. drops by almost half.”
The data suggest that the Obama administration, as it was about to turn over power to Trump, significantly stepped up the number of refugees admitted. Arrivals in its final three months reflected an 86% year-over-year increase compared to the same period the previous year.
In Trump’s first three months, arrivals were 12% lower than for the same period in the previous year.
Trump has sought to limit the number of refugees to 50,000 this year. But adverse rulings in the courts could work against him.
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