How President Trump characterized immigrants from African nations during a closed-door White House meeting may be in dispute, but one thing is certain: African refugees have a most favored status in the eyes of the United States.
A review of refugee numbers by the Refugee Council USA found that under Trump, some 1,910 refugees from Africa have been admitted into the U.S., the most from any region.
Following them, 1,799 from eastern and southern Asia, 687 from East Asia, 555 from Europe and Central Asia, and 140 from Latin America.
The numbers show that the president is making good on his promise to cut refugee levels far below those of former President Obama. And the low numbers overall of refugees entering America show that the administration’s demand for more intense vetting is taking place.
Asked about the numbers, Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, said, “Definitely way more refugees from Africa and the Middle East/South Asia than any other part of the world under Trump. Yes, refugee admissions have dropped sharply. This not only because of the decision to admit far fewer than under the Obama administration, but also because of the implementation of improved vetting, which has necessarily slowed the processing down, in a good way.”
She added that the “vetting improvements were urgent, and will pay security dividends both in the short run, with less risk of admitting more terrorists, and also in the long run by reducing settlement in enclaves where some new arrivals have been resistant to assimilation and susceptible to radicalization.”
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