U.S. Resettled More Refugees in a Decade than Entire Population of Philadelphia

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Raad Adayleh/AP
Washington, D.C.

The United States has resettled more foreign nationals for humanitarian reasons in the last decade than the entire population of Philadelphia, according to federal data.

Immigration numbers released by the White House reveal that since 2008, the U.S. has permanently resettled more than 1.7 million foreign nationals and refugees through a variety of humanitarian programs like the Special Immigrant Juveniles and the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act.

This enormous flow of humanitarian migrants is larger than the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – a city with more than 1.5 million residents.

Those more than 1.7 million humanitarian migrants, though, do not include the nearly 445,000 foreign nationals who have been allowed to remain in the U.S. through the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.

TPS gives nationals from El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen the opportunity to temporarily stay in the U.S. while their countries rebuild following natural disasters.

Many of these natural disasters occurred nearly two decades ago, but nationals from those countries have continued to be allowed to stay in the U.S. on TPS. President Trump’s administration has sought to end many of the TPS programs, making nationals finally return to their home countries.

Most recently, Breitbart News reported how the U.S. has imported more than ten million immigrants in the last decade, a total that exceeds the population of New York City, New York.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder. 

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