Trump’s first six months saw a sharp drop in Muslim refugees entering the US

Via the AP

The Trump administration insists that the restrictions on immigration it proposed shortly after the president took office was not meant to be an implementation of his infamous campaign-trail call for a “complete ban” on Muslims entering the United States. That insistence is necessary for legal purposes, mind you; so far, court decisions blocking President Donald Trump’s ban have cited his prior demand for a religion-based screening process as a reason for their doing so.

But even with much of that ban tabled by the courts, the administration has had success in at least one area in its push to limit immigration from Muslim countries. According to data from the Pew Research Center, the number of refugees entering the country in the first six months of 2017 is down 34 percent from January-June 2016. The number of Muslim refugees entering the country over that period is down 40 percent.

Those figures include January, during most of which Barack Obama was still president. Comparing February-June of each year, the drop is more stark. The number of refugees entering the country fell by 46 percent in that period – and the number who were Muslim fell by 56 percent.

2016 was a record year for Muslim refugees entering the country, but that increase was most significant in the latter half of the year. So far this year, the number of Muslim refugees who have entered the country is one-fifth of 2016’s total, with the State Department announcing Wednesday that the annual cap of 50,000 refugees imposed under Trump had been reached.

Pew also found that the number of Christian refugees to the United States had declined – but less sharply. Compared with January-June of 2016, the number of Christian refugees dropped only 30 percent.

If you look at global Muslim opinion a 2013 Pew report on The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society showed that over 60% of Muslims want Sharia Law to be the official law of the land; that’s a billion Muslims!

Can we agree about bringing in the right Muslims? Not jihadis? Not Sharia-forcing?