Since President Trump Took Office, Refugees Continue to Flow Into the U.S. from Travel-Restricted Countries

A Pew Research Center report was recently released and if you are opposed to refugees coming to the United States from the six travel-restricted countries then you aren’t going to like the results.

Since President Donald Trump took office, 2,466 refugees from the six countries under Trump’s most recent travel restrictions have resettled in the U.S. This figure represents 32 percent of all refugees entering the country since Trump took office.

The first week of Trump’s presidency saw 687 refugees from these six restricted countries enter the U.S. The following week, refugees coming into the U.S. from the restricted countries stopped because of Trump’s original executive order

To date in 2017, a total of 37,716 refugees have been admitted into the U.S.

Only 12,284 more refugees may enter the U.S. this year under the terms of Trump’s executive order, which lowers the ceiling of those that can be admitted to 50,000. The admissions’ number under the Obama administration was 110,000.

The breakdown of those entering the U.S. in 2017 from the six countries, is as follows:

Syria (5,585), Somalia (4,703), Iran (1,893), Sudan (595) Yemen (18) Libya (3)

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii stopped Trump’s travel restrictions from taking effect after hearing arguments from opponents that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality. The order was to become effective later this week.

Hawaii attorneys also argued that the restrictions would prevent residents from receiving visits from relatives in the six named countries. Additionally, Hawaii claims the restrictions would hurt its tourism industry and its ability to recruit students and workers who live outside of the U.S.

Trump heard the news from the Hawaii court while holding a rally in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday where he was met by a throng of people who stood in long lines, waiting to hear him speak.

Trump posted the scene on his Tweeter account:

Trump commented at the rally about the latest court to temporarily stop his executive order.

Trump said:

The the Hawaii court was “unprecedented judicial overreach” and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe. The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.”

In the meantime, refugees from the six countries listed in the executive order will continue to make their way across our borders, unfettered by any restrictions in Trump’s most recent executive order.