Facing increasing levels of religious violence overseas, Christians have been trying to seek safety inside the United States for years and now the Trump administration is favoring them over Muslims, according to State Department data.

In the past five months, the shift has been dramatic. In February, 50 percent of refugees to the United States were Muslim. The latest data for June showed a drop to 31 percent.

At the same time, the percentage of Christian refugees into the U.S. went from 41 percent to 57 percent.

An analysis of State reports by the Pew Research Center, said "This stands in contrast to fiscal 2016, when a record number of Muslim refugees entered the U.S. and Muslims made up a higher share of admitted refugees than Christians (46 percent vs. 44 percent, respectively)."

Pew added, "From Donald Trump's first full day in office on Jan. 21 through June 30, 9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50 percent of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38 percent who are Muslim."

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com