It’s been nine days since a federal judge halted Donald Trump’s travel ban. Now, something has been revealed about what’s happened in the days since then that is downright terrifying.
The Washington Times reported that the State Department has more than doubled the rate of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other suspect countries since the judge halted the travel ban. A whopping 77 percent of the 1,100 refugees who have come in since the ban was stopped have come from the seven countries that were included in it.
A third of the refugees that have come in have been from Syria and 21% of them came from Iraq. In the two weeks before the order was issued, just 9 percent of refugees were from Syria and 6 percent were from Iraq.
“There’s no doubt in my mind they would be doing whatever they could to get people in before something changes because, from their perspective, their motivation is to resettle these folks. It would not be the first time that State Department officials have prioritized facilitating someone’s entry to the United States over security concerns,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
64% of the refugees that have come in during the last nine days have been Muslim compared to just 31 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration.
“It would appear, based on the numbers, that there is an effort within the refugee resettlement program to rush in as many of the nationals of these seven countries as possible before a ruling is made on the TRO,” said Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager at NumbersUSA.
Trump himself has addressed this surge on Twitter.
“Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people are far more vulnerable, as we wait for what should be EASY D!” the president tweeted.
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