The number of refugees entering the US picked up dramatically since the reported 38,111 as of last Wednesday for Fiscal Year 2017.
Who is calling the shots on refugee admissions? Career bureaucrats or Sec. of State Tillerson? Either way, why the big jump in admissions over the last two days? And, what is taking Trump so long to choose an Asst. Sec. to oversee the refugee program?
Todays data at Wrapsnet indicates that another 342 refugees arrived in the US in the last 48 hours. We are now at 38,453! If you’re not familiar with Wrapsnet, please go to the link above. It’s where you can track how many refugees are coming to the US and where they’re going. It’s a real eye opener!
If the US Department of State had been preparing for a 120-day pause to begin on March 16th, how is it that this large number of refugees was ready to board planes? Is there anyone in charge (other than the career people) at the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration? Are they still calling all the shots? Or, is it possible that the White House isn’t willing to fight on this portion of the Executive Order (assuming we wouldn’t notice)?
The top five nationalities among the 342 newly arrived are as follows:
Syria (55 and 51 of those were Muslims)
Somalia (50 and all are Muslims)
Burma (44 and a surprisingly high number of those—17—are Muslims)
Iraq (41 and 32 are Muslims)
Ukraine (32 and zero Muslims)
The top five states receiving Syrians over the last two days are: Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Idaho and Ohio.
The top five states receiving Somalis since Wednesday are: Massachusetts, Georgia, Maine, Minnesota, and New York.
Read more: Refugee Resettlement Watch