A screen crawl story on CNN’s New Day this morning led me to this story. It seems that the United Nations has found that Canada has replaced the United States as the number one resettlement country for refugees.
The findings were released as part of the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) annual Global Trends Report, which found that more than 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence or persecution.
The UNHCR said that 92,400 refugees were formally resettled to 25 countries, according to official government statistics provided to the agency. Canada accepted 28,100, more than any other nation, while the United States resettled the second-most with 22,900. . . . .
US President Donald Trump’s administration has attempted to tighten the rules regarding asylum seekers looking to settle in the United States. The President called the US asylum program “a scam” in April, alleging that lawyers coach tough, violent men through the process.
Since Trump took office, the United States has cut down on the number of refugees it resettled, UN figures show. In 2017 — Trump’s first year in office — the US formally resettled 33,400 refugees — a 65% drop from the year earlier, according to the UNHCR’s refugee report from 2017.
The article noted that the US has almost nine times Canada’s population.
The article concentrated on people who are officially refugees; it did not include the fact that the United States has the world’s largest population of immigrants, and that the US foreign-born population of 44.4 million people is greater than the entire population — about 37 million — of our neighbor to the north. More, the United States has about 10.5 million illegal immigrants, according to the same article.
But don’t get me wrong: I am not somehow bragging about how many immigrants we accept. Rather, I see the United States having drastically reduced the number of refugees accepted as a good thing. Donald Trump campaigned on reducing the number of refugees accepted, while Hillary Clinton proposed that the US accept many more. Then Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress on September 13, 2016:
that the administration was planning to bring 100,000 refugees into the country in 2017, but a senior administration official told CNN that the White House could bring in at least 110,000 if possible. . . . .
Hillary Clinton, has said that she would like to increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed in the country to numbers higher than the Obama administration.
The voters had their say on November 8, 2016, and Mrs Clinton’s plans to increase the number of refugees was rejected. If the number of refugees that the United States has accepted dropped from around 100,000 during President Obama’s last year in office to 33,400 in 2017, and 22,900 in 2018, it means that President Trump has been keeping his promise.
That is a good thing.
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