Trump Cuts Obama’s Refugee Inflow by More than 75 Percent in 2018

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JOHN BINDER

President Trump has reduced the number of foreign refugees admitted to the United States this calendar year by more than 75 percent compared to former President Obama’s wave of migration in his last year.

Wrapping up 2018, the Trump administration admitted about 22,900 refugees to the U.S. with more than 70 percent of those refugees being Christians. Meanwhile, less than 15 percent of the refugees admitted this year were Muslim.

In total, Trump decreased the 2016 inflow of refugees under Obama — when nearly 97,000 refugees were admitted — by about 76 percent. The refugee totals for this year represent the largest reduction to admissions in the program in nearly four decades.

This year, Trump continued reversing the Obama era trend of massive Muslim shares of refugee admissions and small totals of Christian refugees. Less than 3,500 Muslim refugees were admitted this year through the State Department program, a more than 93 percent drop since 2016.

Under Obama, Christians made up less than 40 percent of all annual refugee admissions. Today, Christians account for nearly 70 percent of all refugees resettled across the country.

Texas, Washington, California, New York, Ohio, and Arizona all resettled more than 1,000 refugees each this year while Hawaii and Wyoming did not resettle any.

Since 2008, the U.S. has resettled more foreign nationals through a variety of humanitarian programs than the entire population of Philadelphia, totaling more than 1.7 million refugees admitted to the country in less than ten years. There have been more than 4.1 million legal immigrants admitted to the U.S. from refugee-producing countries since 2000.

About 56 percent of households headed by foreign refugees who arrived in the U.S. between 2011 and 2015 are using taxpayer-funded food stamps, Breitbart News previously reported.

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

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