With so many people flowing over the borders of our vast nation, it is sometimes difficult to quantify — or even comprehend – how many people we’re absorbing each year, and from where.
First a little interesting perspective. Despite the vast size of our nation, and our concern about exactly who is coming over our borders, let’s first say it could be a whole lot worse.
We could be Lebanon, for example.
According to Statista, Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita , with 1.15 million in total or 232 per 1,000 inhabitants. Before Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011, there were a mere 8,000 refugees in Lebanon. However, the country’s socio-economic absorption capacity is now being pushed to the limit with an estimated 403,600 Syrian refugees registering in 2014.
One in every 122 individuals across the globe is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum, according to a new report from the UN. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest. A total of 59.5 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2014, up on 51.2 million in 2013.
You might wonder about the country of Naura on this list — I certainly did. Apparently Naura has turned into something of a holding tank for asylum seekers in Australia.
In any event, as of December 2014, the U.S. had a total of 455,048 refugees and asylum seekers, which puts our number per capita at less than 2.
That figure is not likely to rise too much, because each year the President, in consultation with Congress, determines the numerical ceiling for refugee admissions. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the ceiling is 70,000.
Immigrationpolicy.org cheerfully reports refugees contribute to their new communities in the United States in many ways including education, science, politics, sports, and music.
Not mentioned in that list is “murder.” Although it’s not known if the 121 illegals released by ICE who then went on to murder U.S. citizens were considered refugees.
Which brings up the point that refugees are different (and far less numerous) than immigrants.
In 2013, DHS granted lawful permanent status to 990,563 people from scores of nations across the globe. That still represents just .3 percent of our total population. But here’s the scary part.
Investors Business Daily reports that between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration imported almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations — more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over that period… Many of the recent Muslim immigrants are from terrorist hot spots like Iraq, where the Islamic State operates. From 2010-2013, Obama ushered in 41,094 Iraqi nationals from there… House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul called the new policy “a federally sanctioned welcome party to potential terrorists.”
Yes we are a very large nation. But we are quietly growing a very big problem.