The Obama administration has been famous for bringing immigrants into the U.S., making all sorts of self-congratulatory claims about how compassionate it is. Let's give that alleged compassion a closer examination.
First, we find that less than 1% of the refugees brought to America from Syria are Christians. This, from a country whose population is estimated to be about 10% Christian. That's strange. Could it be that the current administration is interested primarily in dispensing its alleged compassion based primarily on the refugees' religion?
Next, let's find out where the immigrants go. As we do, we find out that some states appear to be targeted to receive a disproportionate share of those folks.
Syrian refugees have been jammed into some states, and not resettled at all in other states.
California, with a population of 39 million, is the state that has resettled the most Syrian refugees so far in Fiscal Year 2016, 1,300 of the 11,469 total.
Michigan, with a population of 9.9 million, is the state with the second highest number of resettled Syrian refugees so far in this fiscal year, with 1,217.
Ten states, including Delaware, which Vice President Joe Biden represented in the United States Senate for more than three decades, have resettled no Syrian refugees in Fiscal Year 2016.
During the first week of September, the Obama administration brought in a total of 4,371 refugees from all countries. Should it continue that pace for the three remaining weeks of the fiscal year, the final number of refugees resettled in the United States during Fiscal Year 2016 will end up around 89,000, approximately 20,000 more than in Fiscal Year 2015, and 4,000 greater than the 85,000 ceiling it proposed to Congress. (The 85,000 ceiling included 79,000 allocated by specific regions of the world and included a 6,000 “reserve” for special circumstances.)
As much as it's the Obama administration driving this flood, Congress isn't off the hook either.
Congress could stop the flood of Syrian refugees by removing the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s proposed $2 billion appropriation (up from $1 billion last year) from the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, but to date, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate have shown no indication they want any part of a real fight over important budget priorities like this.
The source of this information is lengthy and filled with statistics. But the point of this article is the same one that we've made numerous times before. Immigration in the hands of Obama, is first and foremost a tool for achieve political gains, with compassion playing a distant second fiddle.
That may sound harsh, but it would probably be nothing compared to the corruption of everything for political power that would typify a Hillary Clinton administration.