The number of refugees admitted into the U.S. dropped 54 percent in March from 4,579 to 2,070, according to CNS News.
The number of refugees allowed in has continued to drop since October 2016's total of 9,945. It also comes in spite of President Trump's travel bans, which attempted to suspend the refugee programs but were suspended by courts. However, the exeuctive order's limit of 50,000 refugees being admitted in fiscal year 2017 was not affected. As of March 31, 39,098 refugees have arrived in the U.S.
Where are the refugees from?
These are the nations with the most refugees arriving in the U.S., per CNS News.
- Somalia: 335
- Syria: 282
- Burma: 278
- Iraq: 192
- Democratic Republic of Congo: 184
- Ukraine: 167
- Iran: 101
Of those countries, Syria, Somalia and Iran were listed in the revised travel ban. Iraq was in the original version, but not the most recent.
Our legal system is broken! "77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries." (WT) SO DANGEROUS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2017
Trump has repeatedly insisted that his travel bans will keep the country safe.
But refugee advocacy groups insist protecting them is in the "global interest."
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