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In switch, Trump favors Christian refugees 6-1 over Muslims

Myanmar Christians wave as they see off Pope Francis at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Francis wrapped up his visit to Myanmar on Thursday with a Mass for young people before heading to neighboring Bangladesh where the Muslim Rohingya refugee crisis was expected to take center stage. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

In a major switch likely driven by his travel ban on several Middle Eastern nations, President Trump has begun flipping former President Obama’s preference of Muslim over Christian refugees.

Since the fiscal year began, 60 percent of new refugees admitted into the United States have been Christian, and just 13 percent Muslim.

It continues a trend started during Trump’s first 11 months in office. According to an analysis from Center for Immigration Studies Senior Researcher Nayla Rush:

Refugees admitted in the first 11 months of the Trump administration were mostly Christian (53.2 percent), while Muslims accounted for 32 percent and Buddhists and Hindus accounted for 9.2 percent. For the same period in 2016 under Obama, the refugees admitted were plurality Muslim (45 percent), while Christians accounted for 44.2 percent and Buddhists and Hindus accounted for 5.4 percent.

The shift follows complaints by Christian groups that the Obama administration had overwhelmingly favored Muslims and ignored the plight of Christians, especially in Muslim nations.

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