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Did Donald Trump Keep his Promise to Christian Refugees?

By M. Grace
on January 12, 2018 00:01 AM

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US President Donald Trump: (credit: Facebook)

United States President Donald Trump administration reported to have admitted fewer refugees but with higher percentage of Christian refugees, the numbers from the State Department said.

In 2017, there were more than 53 percent of refugees allowed into the United States who were Christian, 32 percent were Muslim and about 9 percent were Hindu and Buddhist.

Trump's refugee number is reportedly lower by 70 percent compared to President Obama's administration in 2016 record. But an expert said it is not a bad thing.

"I think it's a good thing that we're pausing, that we are reassessing and reforming," said Dr. Nayla Rush, a senior researcher at the Center for Immigration Studies."They are starting to say we need look at what's happening with integration. Do they need more help? Do they need more assistance?"

It can be recalled that seven days after he took the office, Donald Trump signed an executive order to "prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual's country of nationality."

"You don't want to just bring people here and just leave them be. If you make sure you're vetting better, but you bring in less," Rush explained, adding that United States should focus on the quality of the resettlement and whether or not these refugees are capable of assimilating into the culture of U.S.

 "If you make sure that you're bringing less but you're helping better, I think that's really the beginning of a good resettlement - improving the resettlement program," she added.

Dr. Rush also said that President Donald Trump is on the right track of helping the refugees better.

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