The 2020 fiscal year ended September 30. According to the Refugee Processing Center (RPC) and as reported by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a total of 11,814 refugees were resettled in the United States during that fiscal year.
Although refugee admissions were technically suspended on March 19 due to the Wuhan virus, refugees in smaller numbers continued to be admitted until the suspension was lifted on June 18. The RPC divides the total admissions into three parts:
|Before Suspension:||7,380 refugees|
|During Suspension:||285 refugees|
|After Suspension:||4,149 refugees|
Although nearly 12,000 new legal residents from the third world is in our estimation 12,000 too many, at least the total came significantly under the official ceiling of 18,000. As for fiscal year 2021, the administration has announced plans to admit 15,000 next year.
Should Joe Biden win the presidency, watch that number skyrocket. Nayla Rush of CIS estimates that the ceiling could rise seven-fold, up to 125,000.
The RPC website details the national origins and other facts about the 11,814 refugees admitted in 2020, but here are a couple of interesting lists;
|Top-10 Sending Nationalities|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||2,868||24.3 percent|
|El Salvador||365||3.1 percent|
And here are the top ten receiving states:
|Top-10 Placement States|
|North Carolina||469||4.0 percent|
Turning your country into a vessel for holding the world’s excess is bad policy in the best of times. Doing so during a global pandemic that has infected 7.2 million and resulted in more than 200,000 deaths is madness. As Nayla Rush notes:
There is no indication that refugees are being tested for the Covid-19 virus overseas or placed under quarantine upon arrival in the United States. There are also many other medical concerns related to refugee placement. Refugees have specific health needs since they usually come from situations of poor hygienic conditions and health systems with a wide range of unmet health needs (including nutritional deficiencies, hepatitis B infection, tuberculosis infection, parasitosis, etc.) and mental health concerns such as alcohol and drug abuse. These health concerns can strain U.S. health and social systems, which are already overwhelmed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, that’s what we’ve got.