In advance of a new EO supposedly coming out on Wednesday, checking the numbers this morning here are a few things I learned.
Total arrivals this fiscal year (which began on October 1, 2016) are at 36,822. Last time we checked on 2/23 we were at 36,637.
President Trump has set the ceiling for this fiscal year which ends on September 30th at 50,000 (a number we argue is not that low when one examines all of the post 9/11 years, see here. Bush’s lowest year was 39,554).
47% of the 36,822 are Muslim refugees of some stripe.
Here is how they break down:
Muslim (who apparently don’t designate a sect): 6,547
A couple of things that interested me in the numbers. First we are bringing in large numbers of Burmese Muslims now (Rohingya, I presume). 817 are recorded as from Burma. In reality we don’t know exactly where they came from. They could be from the Muslim country of Bangladesh. These are not our responsibility!
Then for Iraqis we admitted both sides of the warring factions: 1,472 are Shiites and 2,506 are Sunnis.
So, let me get this straight! From Iraq we must have Sunnis saying they are persecuted by Shiites and Shittes saying they are persecuted by Sunnis, and we bring them both to be resettled in your cities. How long before they go after each other on American soil?
So here (from Wrapsnet) is a map of where the 36,822 were placed one day short of 5 months in to FY2017.
Wyoming remains the only state in the nation with no refugee program. Of course Washington, DC only gets a tiny number.
Here are the top ten receiving states.
I repeat! Governor Abbott’s withdrawal of the state of Texas from the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program did not slow the flow to the state! If you want to help President Trump succeed, Texans need to focus their political activism on Senator John Cornyn as we explained here.
This post is filed in our Trump Watch! category as well as ‘refugee statistics’ and ‘where to find information.’