“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” said candidate Trump in December of 2015.
Within his first 100 days in office, Trump signed two executive orders aiming to halt immigration from a few Muslim majority nations that had the highest rates of extremism. Both orders were blocked by left-leaning federal courts, but the president’s agenda is clear.
An analysis done by USA TODAY indicates that there has been a drastic decrease in the number of refugees admitted into the United States this year already. The decline can undoubtedly be attributed to Trump’s tough stance on admitting refugees and his determination to strengthen our vetting process.
The United States accepted 2,070 refugees in March of this year, which was the lowest monthly total since 2013. 3,316 refugees admitted in April, making it the second lowest monthly total since 2013.
“The statements from this administration about refugees are shocking to me,” said Kay Bellor of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. “It’s language I’ve never heard used with refugees, who have always enjoyed bipartisan support because they’re the best part of what the U.S. does.”
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The refugee crisis occurred in 2015 following the rise of ISIS and other forms of extremism in the Middle East, particularity in Syria and Iran.
The crisis led to upwards of two million refugees migrating to Europe. Under president Obama, the United States accepted 70,000 2015, 85,000 in 2016, would have aimed to accept 110,000 in 2017. Trump changed the course of action when he won the election.
Trump’s extreme measures came in lieu of the violence that stemmed across Europe when nations accepted thousands of refugees. Sexual assaults have skyrocketed in Sweden, Cologne, Germany, and many other places from refugees — which has been well documented.
Terrorist attacks have also hit historic levels across Europe since the refugee crisis in 2015. Terrorist attacks across Europe has resulted in 10,537 people killed in 18,803 reported attacks between January 1970 and December 2015, according to the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).
The GTD highlights that the problems have dramatically increased since 2014, when the refugee crisis began. Attacks between 2014 and 2015 have resulted in the highest number of deaths in Europe since 2004.
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Weighing these two factors — amongst other variables — the White House has indicated they are only aiming to accept 50,000 refugees annually amid concerns that terrorists may be embedded in the flow of refugees coming into the United States.
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