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Refugee arrivals are down significantly in the US


The Pew Research Center reports that the number of new refugees arriving in the U.S., especially in Texas, has sharply declined.

An executive order from President Trump cut the number of planned refugee arrivals this year by more than half. Texas' refugee resettlement slowed significantly, dropping by 70 percent. 

“Texas has historically been at the top or near the top in refugees,” said Phillip Connor, author of the Pew report. 

President Trump's executive order limited refugees accepted into the U.S. to 50,000 in a year in which 110,000 refugees would have been accepted otherwise. 

The increase in refugees under the Obama administration was prompted by the United Nations Refugee Agency saying wars and persecution had driven people from their homes and property in record numbers. 

Last year 85,000 refugees were accepted into the United States, the most of any year that President Obama was in office. 

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