by Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart:
Somali refugees are arriving in the United States at the highest rate ever in the first two months of Fiscal Year 2017, according to the State Department’s interactive website.
Between October 1, 2016, the beginning of the fiscal year, and December 7, 2016, a total of 2,775 Somali refugees have arrived in the United States.
That rate is more than thirty percent higher than the previous record during the same period of time during any of the fourteen most recent previous fiscal years, beginning in FY 2002. The State Department interactive website does not provide refugee arrival data prior to that time.
In FY 2005, 2,171 Somali refugees arrived in the United States between October 1 and December 7.
The 2,775 Somali refugees who have arrived in the United States between October 1 and December 7 of 2016, the beginning of FY 2017, are almost double the 1,399 Somali refugees who arrived during the same time period in FY 2016, between October 1 and December 7 of 2015.
Since FY 2002, 100,246 Somali refugees have resettled in the United States, according to the State Department’s interactive website. Of these, 99.9 percent, or 99,909, are Muslim.
If FY 2017 Somali refugee arrivals continue at the same rate for the balance of the year, a total of 14,895 will have been resettled in the United States by September 30, 2017, which would be the highest total since FY 2004, when 12,892 Somali refugees were resettled in the United States.
Between 1986, when the first Somali refugee arrived in the United States, and 2003 “43,000 Somalis had entered the US as refugees,” according to a Princeton University paper.
During this fifteen year period, the annual number of arriving Somali refugees averaged slightly less than 3,000, with the peak coming in 1996, when “nearly 6,500 [Somali] refugees” were admitted.
The number of Somali refugees who have been resettled in the United States during the first two months and seven days of FY 2017 is almost as high as the annual average of Somali refugee arrivals between 1986 and 2003.
The top five destination states for Somali refugees who arrived in the United States between FY 2002 and FY 2017 are Minnesota (16,052), Ohio (7,677), Texas (7,216), New York (6,408), and Arizona (5,819).
The top five destination states for Somali refugees who arrived in the United States between October 1, 2016 and December 7, 2016 are Minnesota (346), New York (300), Kentucky (187), Ohio (172), and Arizona (163).
The inauguration of President-elect Trump on January 20, 2017, however, is likely to result in a change in the number of Somali refugees arriving in the United States.
Trump has already declared that he will temporarily pause the resettlement of refugees from Syria and other countries that are hostile to the United States.
Given the recent record of domestic terrorism by Somali refugees in the United States, Somalia is likely to be among the countries that Trump will consider pausing new refugee arrivals.
In September of this year, Dahir Adan, a Somali refugee in his twenties, attacked ten people with a knife at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota before he was shot and killed by an off duty police officer.
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