Half of All Post-Election Refugees from Travel Ban Nations
Migrant admissions to U.S. drop in March, still include hundreds from terror-compromised countries
March saw the lowest number of refugees admitted into the United States in fiscal year 2017, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.
A total of 2,070 refugees arrived in the country in March, a more than 50 percent drop from the 4,579 that arrived in February.
The decrease continues the steady month-to-month drop in refugees that has been occurring since the start of the fiscal year in October 2016. That month, nearly 10,000 refugees were admitted into the country.
Despite the consistent fall in numbers, the U.S. is consistently taking in refugees from potential terror hotspots.
More than 8,000 refugees arrived in November 2016. That number was down to 7,371 in December and fell further — to 6,777 — in January.
But despite the consistent fall in numbers, the U.S. continues to consistently admit refugees from potential terror hotspots — nations targeted for a migration pause by President Donald Trump. Of the 2,070 refugees allowed into the country in March, the largest number came from Somalia, 335, while 282 came from Syria. Nearly 200 Iraqis were also admitted in March.
Indeed, from October 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, 39,098 refugees were admitted to the United States. Nearly 50 percent of those refugees — 49.69 percent, to be precise — came from one of the countries selected by the Trump administration for a temporary travel ban. That ban remains blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii.