Refugees wait for tents as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
The Obama administration admitted a record 38,901 Muslim refugees in fiscal year 2016, according to an analysis of State Department data conducted by the Pew Research Center.
The 38,901 tally, released Wednesday, represents the highest level of Muslim refugee admissions since 2002 — the earliest available data on self-reported religious affiliations, according to Pew.
In total in FY 2016, the Obama administration admitted 84,995 refugees from 79 countries. Muslim refugees make up nearly half — 46 percent — of those admissions. The 37,521 Christian refugees admitted to the United States, meanwhile, comprised 44 percent of all refugee admissions.
As Pew notes, FY 2016 represents the first time in 10 years that the number of Muslim refugee admissions have outpaced those of Christians refugee. The last time the United States admitted more Muslim than Christian refugees was in 2006 when the nation admitted a swell of Somali refugees.
Over 70 percent of the refugees admitted in FY 2016 (which ended in September), the State Department said Tuesday, were from five countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (16,370), Syria (12,587), Burma (12,347), Iraq (9,880), and Somalia (9,020).
According to Pew, Muslim refugees from Syria (12,486) and Somali (9,012) represented more than half of the Muslim refugee admissions in FY 2016 with the remainder largely from Iraq (7,853), Burma (3,145), Afghanistan (2,664) and elsewhere (3,741).
Meanwhile, the top receiving states for refugees were California (7,916), Texas (7,803), New York (5,035), Michigan (4,257), and Ohio (4,199).
This fiscal year (FY 2017) the State Department says it plans to admit another 110,000 refugees, a newly 30 percent increase over this fiscal year and more than twice the level admitted in FY 2015.
“Looking forward, the United States will welcome 110,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2017,” the State Department explained in its most recent Fact Sheet, released Tuesday. “This is a 57 percent increase over FY 2015 and is consistent with the belief that all nations must do more to help the record number of innocent civilians who are uprooted, cast adrift, and desperate to find peace, safety and the chance to rebuild their lives.”
So Hillary Clinton says a terrorist attack in our cities means we are winning the war against terrorism? Then according to Hillary, Trump should not have called a bomb, a freaking bomb. What The Hell is wrong with these people? We have a terrorist threat here in our country and our political leaders won’t even admit we had a terrorist attack on our city. Three cities over the weekend, three different attacks and our President can’t even make an intelligent determination or statement to what’s really going on in our country. These same people are still wanting to bring thousands of these people into our country. Never in the history of our nation, have the political leaders aided and abetted our enemies the way the current political leaders are doing it right now. Aiding and providing comfort to our enemies is the very definition of a traitor. The very definition of treason. When are the people going to wake up and see this for what it really is. We have politicians who are nothing more then traitors to the country and the people are rallying behind these very traitors. Have the people of this nation lost their ability to reason? Have they lost their ability to think for themselves? Have their eyes been blinded? This is just the beginning and the people better wise up real quick. The only way to stop this is to call it what it is and stop the influx of these people into our country. Start the deportation process immediately, the Federal Government has already told us they know of terrorist cells in all 50 states. They have already told us there is no way to vet these people but, they are willing to import 100’s of thousands of these people into our country. Welcome to the War folks and it’s going to be unlike anything you have ever seen before. This is a holy war, these people are here to wage war. It could be our neighbor, your friend, your co-worker and you will never know it. They are here to pick us off one at a time, in a way that there is no real way to fight back. They have figured it out, one little cell at a time, One jihadist at a time and if we attack them first, we are racist bigots, if we profile just one of them we are bigots and racist, we are the paranoid right wing extremist, we will be the ones who are in the wrong. Political Correctness has taken our ability away of defending ourselves and our homelands against these people. These people are using our own laws against us, They are using our generosity against us, with the current political regime in office, there is no way to stop these people. Look around you folks, I mean take a good look around you and get a clue. They have brought it to us and we can’t even fight them on our own soil without being vilianized by our own government and laws. These people don’t play by our rules, they don’t recognize our laws, There are no rules in war. The people better start understanding the game. This is a Holy War, These people are willing to die, they have no value on human life and it’s here. It’s well past time for the people to wake up. Some of us have been warning you for a long time. The Watchman are sounding the trumpet, can you hear it?
Hardware retail giant Lowe’s has shown that it does not back down when faced with intimidation-using, intolerant Islamic activist groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who have threatened nationwide boycotts. As a reminder, CAIR is the same organization that provided aid to the families of the San Bernardino terrorists after the attack rather than the families of the victims who were gunned down by radical Islamists.
The controversy began after The Learning Channel ran a program called All American Muslim that was a reality television show that followed the daily lives of 5 families that followed the religion of Islam. Other shows that aired on The Learning Channel include 19 Kids and Counting and Here Comes Honey BooBoo.
All American Muslim structured its shows with round-tables in which Muslims discuss the teachings of Islam as they pertain to modern day situations.
The show also follows the families throughout their days as they face the challenges of childbirth, marriage, conversion, and of course, intolerant Americans.
The show became an abysmal failure with an average of only 1 million viewers per episode throughout the first season. Its reception also garnered criticism from groups that accused the show of being “favorable propaganda for Islam.”
In response to the dismal ratings as well as the controversial nature of the show, over 60 companies removed themselves as sponsors of the show. Lowe’s Home Improvement was one such corporation, and released the statement,
“As you know, the TLC program ‘All-American Muslim’ has become a lightning rod for people to voice complaints from a variety of perspectives – political, social and otherwise. Following this development, dozens of companies removed their advertising from the program beginning in late November. Lowe’s made the decision to discontinue our advertising on Dec. 5. As we shared yesterday, we have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we’re proud of that longstanding commitment. If we have made anyone question that commitment, we apologize.“
It seems like a logical and well-thought-out response, with the feelings of every party involved considered. There is no hate in that statement, and the company recognized the value of diversity and inclusion– 2 values that Liberals are always championing. However, that response was not good enough, and the Left had an answer of their own.
In response to Lowe’s decision, activist Islamic organizations met with representatives to change the hardware giant’s mind, and when that failed, organizations like CAIR threatened to boycott the nationwide chain. Nothing says tolerance like ‘put your money into supporting our religion or we will try to force you out of business.’
Even politicians entered into the discussion. Congressman Keith Ellesin (D-MN), the first Muslim to be elected into the House of Representatives, released a statement that said,
“Lowe’s Corporation has chosen to uphold the beliefs of a fringe hate group and not the creed of The First Amendment, which guarantees the free exercise of religion.”
Just to be clear, Lowe’s has decided to take its own personal money that Lowe’s has created through private business practices, and decided that it didn’t want to support a television show, and instead, use it for another purpose. To Keith Ellesin, apparently, that decision infringes on the “free exercise of religion” rights of Muslims. As we have shown before, deep thinking and common sense are not values or requirements needed to get into the House of Representatives.
California Senator Ted Lieu threatened that if Lowe’s didn’t change its decision on where to not spend its own money, he would seek, “Legislative Remedies.”
Ted Lieu seems to think that America has ‘fundamentally transformed’ into a Socialist nation already, and that the government can decide how “folks” spend their own money.
Despite all of the backlash from the fascists, radicals, and ideologues that have crawled out of the shadows to attack a private business for not supporting the religion of Islam, Lowe’s has stood its ground, and not backed down.
Comment: SJW’s (Social Justice Warriors) will rarely stop their crusade to be the thought police!
Univision and Telemundo are reporting on the increased influx of unauthorized immigrants coming across Mexico’s border with the United States. In contrast, Univision and Telemundo’s English-language counterparts at ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to report on the trend.
Univision last week highlighted the dramatic increase of entire families crossing the border into the United States. Correspondent Pedro Rojas reported that the 68,000 family units that have unlawfully entered the country during fiscal year 2016 exceed the 66,000 that came in 2014, the year that saw a spike in unauthorized Central American children and parents crossing the border.
PEDRO ROJAS, CORRESPONDENT, UNIVISION: Official figures indicate that families detained at the border so far this year add up to more than 68,000 people; surpassing enormously the 66,000 apprehended throughout the entire fiscal year of 2014. What is serious about this situation is not just the increased detainment of undocumented families, but also the number of people dying while trying to enter the country through the border south of Texas.
MARLENE CASTRO, BORDER PATROL OFFICER: We’ve found 124 bodies so far this year, there only little over 3 weeks left for the rest of the year, that’s what really mortifies us.
Telemundo, meanwhile, reported on a growing crisis in Tijuana, Mexico where thousands of Haitian, along with Central American, migrants have gathered hoping to cross into the United States.
Correspondent Raúl Torres reported the Haitian migrants initially falsely claimed they were from Africa, and Mexican officials facilitated their movement through Mexico to the U.S. border.
RAÚL TORRES, CORRESPONDENT, TELEMUNDO: They’re more than 1,500. The Mexican government gave them a permit to get to the border until they discovered that there were fake passes. That is why the shelters are fuller than ever before.
Upon discovering the Haitian migrants’ false papers, Torres went on to report that instead of removing them from the country, Mexican officials have requested that the U.S. Government determine whether or not they can be received as humanitarian refugees.
Reporting on the same surge as Univision, the Washington Times noted that things have gotten so bad that some adults making the unlawful trek North from Central America to the United States are reportedly kidnapping children “so they can pose as families and earn easier treatment here.”
The events also occur while Fox News’ Malia Zimmerman reports of concerns that the Obama administration is stonewalling the release of a report that shows that “roughly half of adults who attempt to cross the border make it.”
Hand in hand with unauthorized border crossings also comes human and drug trafficking. PolitiFact recently confirmed that in the midst of a national heroin epidemic, heroin is pouring across the border into communities all around the country. Another tragic cost of the lack of security at the U.S. border are the countless lives lost, as Texas officials find scores of dead bodies of those that perish due to the searing heat and other causes.
Minnesota stabbing: Eight injured, suspect shot dead
September 18, 2016
Not another peaceful Muslim? And we question our government on why we need to bring in more? /Sarc
The suspected attacker was shot dead in the shopping center, police say.
At least eight people were wounded in a stabbing attack at a shopping mall in the US state of Minnesota, before the suspected attacker was shot dead by police, officials say.
The attack happened in St Cloud, 70 miles (110km) north-west of Minneapolis. The motive is unclear.
The suspected attacker reportedly made references to Allah before he was killed.
None of the injuries were life-threatening, local police said.
An off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction shot and killed the suspect, said St Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was said to have been wearing the uniform of a private security firm when the attack occurred.
The attacker asked at least one person if they were Muslim, Mr Anderson said, adding police "will be diligent and get to the bottom of this".
He said police have no evidence to believe more than one person was involved in the attack.
Fox News reports that 425 Africans who penetrated Mexico’s southern border illegally and entered the state of Chiapas were initially taken into custody by the National Migration Institute (INM, by its Spanish acronym) after they surrendered themselves.
According to the report, they were unwilling to state their respective nationalities to the Mexican authorities, notwithstanding which they were then released and given transit visas to cross Mexico in order to reach the United States’ southern border, there presumably to either cross illegally or present themselves to a port of entry to seek asylum.
The report further tells us that virtually all of the Africans had initially begun their journey through the Americas by arriving in either Ecuador or Brazil and then moving northward through various countries until crossing into Chiapas from Guatemala.
The report is doubly disturbing because it verifies a trend reported previously by my colleague Kausha Luna that Africans are beginning to routinely use smuggling transit routes through selected South and Central American countries as a part of their journey to the United States. It has become such a lure that even Haitians are now attempting to pretend to be Africans in order to “ride the wave” onward and into the United States.
The implication one gets from the willingness of all of these countries to tolerate the interlopers — as long as they continue trekking northward — is that the entire world expects the United States to bear the burden of dealing with nearly all international refugees in the Americas — if indeed these people truly are refugees.
But that’s not so. Ecuador, Brazil, and Mexico are all signatories to the United Nations International Convention on the Treatment of Refugees, and so are virtually all of the other South and Central American nations that sit between them.
What this means in functional terms is that each and every one of these states has an obligation to entertain any claim to asylum or refugee status that these individuals could make.
It also means that the individuals themselves have an obligation to seek refuge at the first possible place of save haven. It is a settled principle of international law that intended refugees do not have the right to pick and choose their place of asylum.
The proper answer by U.S. authorities to any requests for asylum from these individuals should be simple: “No.”
Doing anything else, most especially permitting their entry or parole into the United States:
- Violates the spirit and intent of both international and domestic rules regarding the obligation to seek “first safe refuge” for asylum seekers;
- Encourages other signatories to the United Nations refugee convention to shirk their international obligations by shunting the burden onto us;
- Facilitates the unconscionable but highly profitable alien smuggling trade;
- Makes it impossible to discern legitimate refugees from economic migrants in the resultant flood of opportunists; and
- Opens the door to a path that might very well be used by members of al Shabaab, Boko Haram, or other international terrorist groups operating in Africa.
We already have so many problems on our southern land border, many of them self-engendered or at least exacerbated and perpetuated by the stupid policies of the current administration, including Central Americans by the tens of thousands (see here and here) and Cubans by the thousands ( see here, here, and here) to name just two. Why unnecessarily add to the burden when swift and decisive action can end this dangerous charade?
Just. Say. No.
For the second time in three years, the U.S. Border Patrol is apprehending more non-Mexicans than Mexicans along the southwest border, reflecting a renewed surge of Central American migrants fleeing violence and gang warfare in their home countries.
Many of those apprehended are children traveling alone or in so-called “family units,” and come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to newly released statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement. Nearly two-thirds of the apprehensions occurred within the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, spanning much of Texas’s southernmost tip.
Through August of this year, there were a total of 369,411 apprehensions on the U.S.-Mexico border. More than half of those were of non-Mexicans, the statistics show. As of July, the border patrol had apprehended 57,344 people from El Salvador, 58,337 from Guatemala and 41,042 from Honduras compared to 160,193 from Mexico.
Apprehensions of non-Mexicans first outnumbered those from Mexico in 2014, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. Faye Hipsman, policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., says the trend isn’t fading.
“It’s definitely clear that these flows are enduring,” Hipsman said. “They’re not going to go away anytime soon. We’re likely to see significant numbers of Central American unaccompanied children and families crossing the border.”
A huge surge of undocumented immigrants, including children fleeing the “northern triangle” of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras without their parents marked 2014. The influx elicited strong responses from those on both ends of the political spectrum. Both President Obama and then-Gov. Rick Perry deemed the situation a humanitarian crisis. Perry called for the swift deportation of the unaccompanied minors, saying that allowing them to stay would only encourage more to come.
Mexico boosted security along its southern border, hoping to curb illegal immigration through the country, but the efforts have not had a lasting effect, experts say.
Hipsman said Mexico’s increased border enforcement worked for a time in 2015, “but this year, it kind of looks like smugglers have found their way around that enforcement or are just increasingly beating it.”
Her views are reflected in a U.S. Customs and Border Protections report published Sept. 9 which indicates apprehensions overall are higher this year than in 2015, but below the rates of 2014 and 2013.
“They’re not going to go away anytime soon. We’re likely to see significant numbers of Central American unaccompanied children and families crossing the border.”
— Faye Hipsman, immigration analyst
As of August, the apprehension of unaccompanied children from El Salvador and Guatemala far outpaced apprehensions of unaccompanied children from Mexico. The same holds true for family units — individuals apprehended with a family member — apprehensions for those from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras compared to those from Mexico.
But unlike in 2014, the Border Patrol may be better prepared to process the large volume of Central American immigrants. Border Patrol spokesmen declined comment for this article, but the agency’s report detailed plans for “expanded capacity for refugee processing.”
“There isn’t the surprise element,” Hipsman said. “They aren’t blindsided by these flows anymore. They’ve worked on management and processing them. So you don’t see you know, just that hysteria that we saw in 2014.”