Christians Account for Bigger Percentage of US Refugee Arrivals Under Trump

Jul 20th, 2017 | By | Category: News Posts

Since Trump took office in January,  more Christian than Muslim refugees have been admitted to the United States, reversing a trend that had seen Muslims outnumber Christians in the final fiscal year under President Barack Obama, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data. 

From Jan. 21 through June 30, 9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. According to the study, Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim. Some 11% of these arrivals belong to other religions, while about 1% claim no religious affiliation.

Pew Research reports:

“The religious composition of refugees to the U.S. has been shifting on a monthly basis as well. In February, Trump’s first full month in office, Muslims accounted for 50% of the 4,580 refugees who entered the U.S., and Christians made up 41% of arrivals. By June, Christians (57%) made up a larger share of arrivals than Muslims (31%).

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% vs. 44%, respectively).”

Religious Freedom Coalition’s Diapers for Refugee Distribution, June 2017.

HR-390, The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, was introduced by our friend Congressman Chris Smith on January 10th of this year, shortly after the 115th Congress began its first session. Within a few weeks the Religious Freedom Coalition began to mail tens of thousands of letters in support of HR-390 to Americans across the country.  Each letter contained personalized post card petitions for these Americans to mail to their congressmen and senators.

Since the first mailing in January, the RFC mailed hundreds of thousands more letters containing post card petition to build pressure on Congress.

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The bill was placed on the floor for a vote under “suspension rules.” A motion to suspend the rules can only be called on Mondays and Tuesdays and only be made by the Speaker of the House or their designee, which is usually the Majority Leader. Once the motion to “suspend the rules” is made, debate is limited to 40 minutes, no amendments can be made, and a 2/3 majority of Members present and voting is required to pass the motion. The chair called for a voice vote and then declared that he heard 2/3 say yea. There were no objections from any member and HR-390 was on its way to the Senate.

Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman, William J. Murray signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding unanimous consent for the bipartisan bill H.R. 390, The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act. To read the letter, click here.


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