by Julia Hahn
A Breitbart News review of State Department and Homeland Security data reveals that the United States already admits more than a quarter of a million Muslim migrants each year.Â President ObamaÂ intendsÂ to add another 10,000 Syrian migrants on top of that.
In 2013 alone, 117,423 migrants from Muslim-majority countries were permanently resettled within the United Statesâ€” having been given lawful permanent resident status. Additionally in 2013, theÂ United States voluntarily admitted an extra 122,921 temporaryÂ migrants from MuslimÂ countriesÂ as foreign students and foreign workers as well as 39,932 refugees and asylees from Muslim countries.
Thus, twelve years after the September 11thÂ hijackers were invited into the country on temporary visas, the U.S. decided to admit 280,276 migrants from Muslim countries within a single fiscal year.
To put these numbers into perspective, this means that every year the U.S. admits a number of Muslim migrants larger in size than the entire population of Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; or Dayton, Ohio.
The rate of Muslim immigration has been increasing since September 11. Between 2001 and 2013, the United States permanently resettled 1.5 million Muslim immigrants throughout the United States. Unlike illegal immigrants, legal immigrants granted lifetime resettlement privileges willÂ be given automatic work permits, welfare access, and the ability to become voting citizens.
Experts believe these numbers will only continue to increase.
The Middle East represents the fastest-growing bloc of immigrants admitted into the country on visas, according to a census data-based reportÂ authoredÂ by the Center for Immigration Studies.Â Student visas forÂ Middle Eastern countries have similarlyÂ grownÂ enormously, including 16-fold increase in Saudi students since 9/11.Â Arabic is now the most common language spoken by refugees,Â andÂ 91.4 percentÂ of recent refugees from the Middle East are on food stamps.
The large-scale importation of Muslim migrants from nations that do not share Western values has posed a series of assimilation difficulties for the United States. For instance, the importation of immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries has nowÂ put half a million girlsÂ in the United States at risk of enduring a traditional anti-Western, anti-woman practice known as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This means that there are more girls inÂ the United States at risk of lifelong sexual disfigurement than there are in Uganda and Cameroon.
Moreover,Â the importation of Muslim immigrants through the nationâ€™s refugee program has led to the development of pockets of radicalized communities throughout the United Statesâ€”Â as evidenced inÂ Minneapolis, MinnesotaÂ andÂ Dearborn, Michigan.
A review of recent terror activityâ€“Â providedÂ by the Senate Immigration Subcommitteeâ€“ confirms the terror threat posed by our federal immigration policy ofÂ issuing large numbers of visas to majority-Muslim countries:
A refugee voluntarily admitted from Uzbekistan and â€œliving in Idaho was arrested and charged with providing support to a terrorist organization, in the form ofÂ teaching terror recruits how to build bombs.â€
A college student voluntarily admitted from Somalia, â€œwho later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, attempted toÂ blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremonyÂ in Oregon.â€
An immigrant voluntarily admitted from Kazakhstan â€œwith lawful permanent resident statusÂ conspired to purchase a machine gun to shootÂ FBIÂ and other law enforcement agentsÂ if they prevented him from traveling to Syria to join ISIS.â€
An immigrant voluntarily admitted from Sudan, â€œwho applied for and received U.S. citizenship,Â tried to join ISIS and wage jihadÂ on its behalf after having been recruited online.â€
AnÂ immigrant voluntarily admitted from Bangladesh, â€œwho applied for and received U.S. citizenship,â€ŽÂ tried to incite people to travelÂ to Somalia and conduct violent jihad against the United States.â€
An immigrant voluntarily admitted from Yemen, â€œwho later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, was arrested forÂ trying to join ISIS. He was also charged with attempting to illegally buy firearms to try to shoot American military personnel.â€
Yet even as the United States struggles to properly screen and assimilate the large numbers brought in each year, many Republican presidential candidates say that number should be even greater. GOP presidential hopefuls John Kasich,
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeb Bush, andÂ Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)have all expressed support for admitting more Syrian migrants.
â€œI would be open to that if it can be done in a way that allows us to ensure that among them are not people who are part of a terrorist organization who are using this crisis,â€ RubioÂ toldÂ Boston Herald Radio on September 8th. This proposalÂ could result inÂ the admittance of many refugees. â€œThe vast and overwhelming majority of people who are seeking refuge are not terrorists, of course, but you always are concerned about that,â€ RubioÂ said.
By contrast, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has suggested thatÂ Muslim countriesÂ should be willing to take in some ofÂ the Muslim migrants.
â€œLook, from a humanitarian standpoint, Iâ€™d love to help, but we have our own problems.â€ TrumpÂ declaredÂ on the September 9 broadcast of Hannity. â€œWe have so many problems that we have to solveâ€¦Â The Gulf states [are] tremendously wealthy. You have five groups of people, six groups, theyâ€™re not taking anybody. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, these are tremendously wealthy and powerful from the standpoint of money. They â€” theyâ€™re not taking anybody. Russiaâ€™s not taking. Nobodyâ€™s taking. [But weâ€™re] supposed to take â€” we have to straighten out our own problems,â€ Trump said.
Some presidential hopefuls have objected to the premise of Trumpâ€™s America-first immigration proposalâ€” arguing that greater levels of immigration would only serve to benefit America.
For instance, the I-Squared bill currently before Congress introduced by Marco Rubioâ€” whose campaign hasÂ declaredÂ he will be in first place by Februaryâ€” would import even more immigrants â€” some Muslim â€” by lifting green card caps for foreign students and tripling the number of foreign workers admitted on visas.Â This bill is central to Rubioâ€™s campaign platform of creating â€œA New American Economy.â€
Several of Rubioâ€™s business backers have already begun to implement this policyÂ throughout the nation. In Rubioâ€™s home state of Florida, for instance, the New American Economy is at work at corporations includingÂ Disney, which is replacing many of its current American workersÂ with foreign low-salaried workers from developing nations.Â ThisÂ â€œNew American Economyâ€Â would have multiple benefits for America such as fewer English speakers, more diversity and lower wages that will allow corporations to increase their bottom lines.
Rubioâ€™s effort to create aÂ New American CenturyÂ is supported by many prominent Republicans and Democrats who say we need to expand our refugee resettlement of Muslim migrants.
For instance,Â Glenn BeckÂ and Lindsey GrahamÂ have bothÂ explicitly said that the United States needs to take in more more refugees because a poem written by Emma Lazarus now displayed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The poem, entitled â€œThe New Colossus,â€ reads in part:
Give me your tired, your poor/ your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/the wretched refuse of your teeming shore./Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,/I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
According to theÂ Pew Research Center, there are nearly 5 billion people world-wide living on $10 or less a day. The globally poor and low-income population is fifteen times larger than the entire population of the United States.
The Statue of Liberty was not given to the United States withÂ any associationÂ to immigration. Rather the statue was intended to be aÂ symbolÂ ofÂ â€œLiberty Enlightening the World,â€ which is why the only text originally included on the statue was the year 1776 writtenÂ in Roman Numerals.
Yet even when Lazarusâ€™Â poem was later added to the statue in the early 1900s, it was understood that the poem wasÂ not meantÂ to represent the nationâ€™sÂ federal immigration policyâ€“ a detail underscored by the fact that shortly after that poem was added, then-President Calvin Coolidge enacted a nearly five-decades-long immigrationÂ pause to allow the influx of European immigrants to better assimilate and allow middle class wages to rise.
Ironically, the Statue of Libertyâ€“ so often invoked by advocates for large-scale immigrationâ€“ was a gift from the nation of France. Yet of the one million green cards handed out last year, very few were given to the Thomas Jeffersonâ€™sÂ second favorite nation. About 9 out of 10 of green cards issued last yearÂ went to non-European foreign nationals from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
In 2013, weÂ addedÂ more than ten times more immigrants on green cards from the Muslim countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Egypt (48,507) than we did from the nation France (4,425).