Friday, February 10, 2017

Fact of the Day

America historically fears refugees, not welcomes them.

Since 1980, the United States has accepted less than two million refugees overall, and 40 percent of those were children accompanying their refugee parent(s).

The U.S. admitted a record number of Muslim refugees in 2016, some 38,901 of the nearly 85,000 total refugees allowed into the U.S. Go back to 2006, and the total number of refugees admitted drops to under 50,000.

The U.S. sets an annual ceiling on refugees admitted, currently 85,000. Refugee number 85,001, no matter how desperate her case, must wait until the next year.

In contrast, among Syrians alone, Canada in 2016 took in about twice as many refugees as the United States. 

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