WASHINGTON, D.C. — Entry into the U.S. by refugees from other nations is down a whopping 77% according to a report published Wednesday by The Washington Examiner.
The report, which reflects an Obama era high of 110,000, estimates the number of entries under the Trump administration has dropped to a staggering low of 25,000.
By comparison, the Obama administration averaged 75,000 refugee admissions during each year of his presidency.
“The national quota was lowered drastically by the Trump administration from 2018. His quota is, like, 45,000. Likely by the end of the year the number will be substantially less than even that,” Don Barnett, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, said of the numbers. “I personally think it will come in at half that. I think it will come in at 25,000 or so,” said Barnett. “It’s not going to come anywhere near 45,000.”
Further, Barnett said during a Tuesday conference that Trump may “zero out” the number of refugees who enter the U.S. altogether, because “it is up to the president to set levels”.
Trump, who campaigned hard on issues surrounding immigration as part of his campaign promise to “make America great again,” has fought a hard battle against pro-immigration groups who targeted his “America first” policies as “racist”.
His tough stance on illegal immigration and “extreme vetting” of foreign refugees, however, is in large part what many political pundits credit toward his presidential win against Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton in 2016.
During a visit to California last week, the president visited a prototype of the wall he famously promised to build if elected, which would create a physical divider between the U.S. and Mexico.
Before leaving for California, Trump targeted the Golden State’s pro-illegal immigration policies as “illegal and unconstitutional”.
“California’s sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk,” he tweeted. “Thousands of dangerous & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey on innocent Americans. THIS MUST STOP!”
The wall to secure the nation’s border is expected to cost taxpayers an estimated $1.6 billion to complete.
By comparison, the cost to house, clothe, feed, educate and provide medical care for illegal immigrants runs the American taxpayer approximately $135 billion per year.