As you all know by now the President submitted a refugee cap of 18,000 refugees to be admitted to the US between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020 (FY2020). Five months into the fiscal year, the number stands at just over 6,000 according to the Refugee Processing Center.
But, not counted in that number is a special category of nationals from Afghanistan and Iraq known as Special Immigrant Visa holders who supposedly worked with us during those two long wars. They are admitted with their families and are treated as refugees, but rarely mentioned.
(Don’t miss Daniel Greenfield’s piece on the “interpreter scam” where he did a deep dive into the numbers of Special Immigrant Visa holders, mostly Muslims, entering the US.)
Another 6,221 Afghans and 146 Iraqis were admitted (as SIVs) in this fiscal year (so far) bringing the total of those given all the benefits of refugee resettlement to 12,640 in the last five months.
I think we should get used to referring to the refugee numbers that way—adding together the regular refugees and the SIVs.
Here (below) is a map showing where the regular refugees were resettled.
The top ten ‘welcoming’ states are Washington, California, Texas, New York, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, and Ohio.
How many Muslims?
If you are wondering how many of the 6,273 regular refugees are Muslims, the number is 1,233. There is no Muslim ban!
Top Muslim sending countries so far this year:
Special Immigrant Visas…
So as I said above, so far this fiscal year we have admitted 6,221 Afghan SIVs.
In FY19 the number was 7,703, FY18 9,651 and in Trump’s first year FY17—a whopping 16,866!
There is no breakdown of religions for SIVs, but I suspect that virtually all of the Special Immigrant Visas are Muslims. If I am right and the vast majority are Muslims then 60% of the refugees/SIVs entering the US right now are Muslim.
There is also no map for SIVs, but there is a spreadsheet at the Refugee Processing Center.
See where most of the Afghan SIVs have been placed since FY07. Out of a total admissions number of 65,916. Five states have taken on most of the financial burden of these special ‘refugees.’
Want to dig into these numbers yourself. See my post Knowledge is Power IV on how to use the Refugee Processing Center.
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