Multiple outlets have reported different numbers on how many refugees have been allowed in the country in the last few months.
With that in mind, we decided to round-up multiple sources and take a closer look at what each are reporting.
May 26th: The New York Times reports that the State Department lifts restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the country.
“The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States, writes the New York Times.
Apparently, the State Department wrote an email to agencies that assist refugees on getting into the U.S. that said the country would be “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place.
“Although it came the same day as an appeals court ruling that rejected government efforts to limit travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations, the move by the State Department had nothing to do with the court ruling, writes the New York Times. “The department’s quotas on refugee resettlement were largely the result of budget constraints imposed by Congress in a temporary spending measure passed last fall. But when Congress passed a spending bill this month that funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year, the law did not include any restrictions on refugee admissions.
The New York Times also reported that the number of refugees plunged to only 2,070 in March. This is significantly less than the 13,255 refugees admitted back in August of 2016. The publication states that due to the refugee restriction being lifted, Trump’s previous limit of 50,000 being admitted a year will come much sooner than later.
The Guardian reported on March 26 about the U.S. approach to the migrant crisis that was discussed at the Sicily summit.
“The new text, offered by the US on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, acknowledges the human rights of migrants, but affirms “the sovereign rights of states to control their own borders and set clear limits on net migration levels as key elements of their national security, writes The Guardian. “It also asserts the need for refugees to be supported as close to their home countries as possible.
CNS News reports refugee spike in May on June 1st
“A total of 3,957 refugees were admitted into the United States in May, a 19.3 percent increase over April’s figures and a 91.1 percent jump from March’s low point of 2,070 admissions In the first eight months of fiscal 2017, the U.S. has admitted a total of 46,371 refugees, writes CNS News.
The publication points out that May’s numbers are still much less than the months in 2016.
“While the second consecutive monthly increase, May’s admission numbers are still the third lowest for any month in fiscal years 2016 and 2017, after 3,316 in April and 2,070 in March, writes CNS News.
The Washington Times reports that Trump wants to continue to slash the refugee quota on June 4th
“Despite a court order halting most of his extreme vetting policy, President Trump’s administration has quietly been working toward his goal of a drastic cut in the number of refugees the U.S. will accept this fiscal year, writes The Washington Times. “President Obama had set a target of up to 110,000 on his way out the door, but Mr. Trump tried to reset that number to 50,000. If the pace continues, the final tally is likely to be about 60,000 when the fiscal year ends in September — well below the level Mr. Obama wanted to lock in.
The publication also reported that number of refugees from the the seven countries Trump singled out for terrorism has dropped significantly. Breitbart also just reported that Muslim refugees declined from 34% in April to 28 % in May.
Although Trump’s executive orders to halt refugee admissions for 120 days and to limit the overall refugee admission numbers to 50,000 are held up in court, they have already had an impact.
“Even if ‘extreme vetting’ is on hold, good vetting takes time, and the Trump administration’s plans to follow the law are eliminating the irresponsible rush to judgment that took place under the Obama administration, said Matthew J. O’Brien, research director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform to The Washington Times.
Even though the numbers of refugees admitted have increased in May from April, Trump’s plans have still cause the monthly number of refugees to remain much lower than the months in 2016. This is partially due to government officials prepping for the halt on refugee admission.
“The Department of Homeland Security told CBS San Francisco that the travel bans, despite being blocked by the courts, have significantly impacted refugee processing by the United States, writes the CBS Local affiliate in San Francisco. “Marilu Cabrera, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, that two days before Trump issued his first travel ban, Executive Order 13769, USCIS suspended the departures of officers who were scheduled to travel abroad to interview refugees through February 15th.
With all of these reports in mind, it appears that refugee admission is still much more sluggish since Trump entered office. Also, the number of refugees coming from dangerous parts of the world known for terrorism has decreased. The month of May saw an increase and we will likely see more increases of monthly refugee admissions until Trump’s plans are no longer tied up in the courts.