WND News | Leo Hohmann
Refugee resettlement is cranking back up under President Trump as 836 refugees have entered the United States in the six days since March 30.
WND reported last week that the Trump administration would more than double the influx of refugee arrivals, from 400 to 900 a week, and that appears to be exactly what has happened.
Of the 836 total over the past six days, the two largest groups have come from Syria and Somalia. From Syria, 163 have entered the U.S., all of them Muslim, while from Somalia 107 refugees have entered, all Muslim as well, according to data recorded by the U.S. State Department’s Refugee Processing Center.
Since Trump took office on Jan. 20, 1,317 Syrian refugees have entered the U.S. and 1,299, or 98.5 percent, have been Muslim. Only 15 have been Christian and three Yazidi. Another 1,182 refugees have come from Somali since Trump took office, all of them Muslim.
The top five states for receiving Syrian refugees since Trump took office are as follows:
- California: 135
- Michigan: 127
- Illinois: 96
- Texas: 92
- Arizona: 88
Second-tier states also receiving large numbers of Syrians under Trump’s watch are:
- New York: 79
- North Carolina: 77
- Ohio: 66
- Florida: 65
- New Jersey: 53
Refugee resettlement, and especially Syrian refugees, has caused controversy and division in city after city since the attacks on Paris and Brussels by Islamic terrorists in 2015 and 2016. Some of the terrorists came to Europe claiming to be Syrian refugees.
The Obama administration ramped up refugee arrivals from Syria from a few hundred in the first two years of the country’s civil war to more than 17,000 in the last two years.
A steady stream of Somali refugees has been arriving weekly in the U.S. since the 1990s, averaging about 8,000 per year. More than 132,000 Somalis have now been permanently resettled in the U.S.