During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump had promised to “stop the massive inflow of refugees” in order to safeguard the country from terrorists. Chalk up one campaign promise fulfilled.
According to Fox News, only 3,108 refugees came to the U.S. in October and November. In the same period last year, under Barack Obama's reign, 18,300 refugees were admitted. That's a jaw-dropping decline of 83 percent.
Trump restarted the refugee resettlement program in October after a four-month moratorium. A month earlier, he had lowered the annual refugee admission cap from 110,000 to 45,000, the lowest on record.
"The president's strategy on refugees is guided first and foremost by the safety and security of the American people,” Trump administration spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferré told Fox News. “The United States can also help a larger number of refugees by resettling them in their home region and enabling their eventual safe return home.”
Not only is there a steep drop in refugee admissions, but fewer Muslims are reportedly among them -- only 10 percent, as opposed to about 40 percent in November 2016 under Obama.
Not only that, but the administration said it is backing out of the Global Compact on Migration, a United Nations initiative established in 2016 that called for two years of negotiations focused on organized and safe migration of the world’s displaced people.
U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said over the weekend that "The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty. No country has done more than the United States, and our generosity will continue. But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone." Bravo.
“It’s tragic, really,” complained Linda Hartke, president and chief executive of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which resettles refugees. “It’s tragic for refugees who’ve fled for their lives, who are simply looking for the chance to be safe and provide for their families and see their kids go to school and live in dignity.”
Hartke also decried the administration's withdrawal from the global talks on migration: “The global compact was an opportunity, including for our neighbors, to be much more thoughtful about the flows of migrants, what’s good for this country and for our neighbors as well,” Hartke said. “Having these conversations in a global context is something we shouldn’t be afraid of.”
You know what else we shouldn't be afraid of? An increase in domestic terror attacks like we've been seeing in Europe ever since they opened the floodgates to Islamic immigration and "refugee" resettlement.