Refugees are flooding into the United States after a judge struck down President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily halted travel from seven terror-prone countries. Not surprisingly, the majority of these new refugees are coming from five of those seven countries.
According to Breitbart, refugees are pouring into the U.S. after the order — declaring a moratorium on immigration from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen — was put on hold by a district judge in Seattle on Feb. 3. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals later upheld that judge’s stay.
CNS News reported that since then, 2,576 people have entered the country, with 60.1 percent coming from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Sudan. That’s 1,549 people in less than a month.
On Feb. 11, Trump took to Twitter to blast developments that had taken place since the court rulings.
Our legal system is broken! “77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries.” (WT) SO DANGEROUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2017
The president cited a Feb. 9 Washington Times article that stated that just six days after the initial decision by District Judge James Robart, 1,100 refugees came to the U.S. from those seven terror-prone countries.
Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the conservative Center for Immigration Studies, said the numbers aren’t really that surprising.
“There’s no doubt in my mind they would be doing whatever they could to get people in before something changes because, from their perspective, their motivation is to resettle these folks,” she said.
“It would not be the first time that State Department officials have prioritized facilitating someone’s entry to the United States over security concerns.”
How will the president respond to these numbers? He was publicly upset after the 9th Circuit panel upheld the stay on his order, and immediately tweeted that he would “see them in court” over the issue.
However, the White House might simply be preparing a new executive order written to survive a court challenge, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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