Obama has planned to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S., but Hillary Clinton wants more. Despite playing the moral high ground on the issue, this gesture is symbolic only.
Out of millions of refugees, 10,000 amounts to a fraction of a fraction of a percent. Obama (and other liberals) are not interested in helping Syrian refugees, they’re interested in helping enough that he can showcase on television those that he’s helped to boost his image.
For Hillary Clinton, 10,000 isn’t enough. She plans to raise it to the also statistically insignificant 65,000, stating “I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000.”
For Donald Trump however, this has given him some ammunition. Breitbart reports:
Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton’s “radical” immigration position on Sunday. Rasmussen polling shows that only 4% of American women support Clinton’s Middle East migration proposal.
Crooked Hillary wants a radical 500% increase in Syrian refugees. We can’t allow this. Time to get smart and protect America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2016
Clinton’s call for admitting 65,000 Syrian refugees is on top of the roughly 30,000 refugees and asylees the U.S. already admits from the Middle East each year. Adding in refugees from across the Muslim world, this means that under Clinton’s plan, the U.S. would admit at least 105,000 thousand refugees from the Muslim world annually, based on data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This does not even include the larger permanent resettlement program that occurs through green cards, bringing total annual migration from the Muslim world to 182,000 a year under Clinton’s proposal— of which roughly 140,000 would be from the Middle East specifically, according to DHS data.
Here’s a breakdown of the migrant influx we’d see under a Hillary Presidency:
– 374,000 refugees/asylees from the Middle East during her first term, based on DHS data.
– 420,000 refugees/asylees from the Muslim world during her first term.
– 560,000 permanent migrants from the Middle East during her first term.
– 730,000 permanent migrants from the Muslim world during her first term.
Personally, I hope she continues making these sorts of promises. With 4% support, it’s certainly not helping her.