According to new data released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the government expanded its Muslim immigration program by nearly one-third in 2014.
Green cards were given to 103,901 migrants from countries in the Middle East in fiscal 2014 – 32 percent more than the 78,917 it issued in 2013, and 56 percent more than the 66,415 than it issued in 2001.
Although DHS has not yet published statistics for fiscal 2015, the 103,901 green cards issued in 2014 brings the total number issued to migrants from the Middle East from 2001 through 2014 to an astounding 1,114,453.
Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton wants to increase the influx of Syrian refugees from 10,000 to 65,000, an increase of more than 500 percent.
Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee, has said he wants to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. but has showed signs of softening that stance recently.
If all Muslim-majority countries are included, not just those in the Mideast, the U.S. gave green cards to 680,000 people in one five-year period under President Obama from 2009 to 2013, more than double the 270,000 green cards given to people from E.U. countries over the same period.
The newly released stats for 2014 show the greatest increases in green cards were issued to migrants from the following countries:
- Afghanistan (2,196 in 2013 to 10,527 in 2014)
- Iraq (9,552 in 2013 to 19,153 in 2014)
- Pakistan (13,251 in 2013 to 18,612 in 2014).
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, notes much attention has been focused on the risks of admitting thousands of Syrian refugees, who the FBI says cannot be adequately vetted, even though they are supposedly put through the most intense review of any category of immigrant.
“However, we routinely admit much higher numbers of immigrants from the same part of the world, who apparently are not subjected to the same level of scrutiny as the Syrians – more than 100,000 immigrants from Middle Eastern countries in 2014 alone,” Vaughan told WND.
“And there are even more who are admitted as temporary visitors – at least we hope that they are temporary visitors and not jihadists, because we have little way of knowing,” she added. “This is occurring at a time when ISIS is promising that it will exploit our lenient immigration system to send operatives to attack.”
One of the best ways to prevent another attack like the one in San Bernardino last year would be to reduce the number of overall admissions to traditional levels and to impose better anti-fraud measures, such as in the Visa Security and Integrity bill that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee just passed, Vaughan said.
William Gheen, president of Americans for Less Immigration, or ALIPAC, said green card issuances are “out of control.” He believes the record immigration rates will play heavy in helping Democrats and liberal Republicans clear the last hurdle in their attempt to turn the U.S. into their version of utopia – something akin to Sweden, France or Germany.
“Obama is breaking many laws and destroying the U.S. Constitution to import as many people as possible who can be counted on to vote Democrat, oppress Americans loyal to the Constitution and institute their radical agenda for full gun confiscation,” Gheen told WND.
“Confiscating American guns and violating the American freedoms found in the Bill of Rights is a job Americans won’t do, but Obama’s imported illegal aliens and Muslim refugees will,” he said. “The United States is under siege from within by growing armies of imported Muslims and illegals being brought here to wreck the lives of U.S. citizens by those guilty of high crimes and treason within our own government.”
A green card entitles the foreign national to “lawful permanent status” in the U.S. and gives them access to federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization and a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen with full voting rights. It also affords them the opportunity to have their family members abroad join them in the U.S.
Refugees must apply for the green card one year after they are admitted into the U.S., but refugees have instant access to a free public education and federal welfare benefits, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF; food stamps; the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, or WIC; and Medicaid. The most recent report from the Office of Refugee Resettlement shows 39 percent of Mideast refugees use TANF, 76 percent use Medicaid, and 90 percent use food stamps.
Census Bureau data shows migration from the Middle East to be one of the fastest-growing categories.
If left in place, the president’s refugee plan would substantially boost the annual number of migrants from this region admitted to the U.S. who, in turn, would be able to petition for their relatives to migrate to the U.S. in the future.
Refugee and asylee admissions from Iraq, Somalia and Iran alone contributed 124,000 new green-card recipients from 2009 to 2013, according to a statement from the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who announced on Friday he would be open to considering an offer to run as vice president on the Trump ticket.
Record 41.3 million foreign-born population
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the foreign-born population in the United States now stands at a record 41.3 million.
One-quarter of the U.S. population is now either foreign-born or has foreign-born parents. The Census Bureau projects the percentage of the population born outside the country will soon pass the highest percentage ever recorded and continue rising to new all-time records never before witnessed – unless Congress passes a law to reduce green card allotments.
Polling data collected by Pew Research Center shows that 83 percent of the public (across all parties) opposes this baseline and believes the level of immigration should either be frozen or reduced.
“By a nearly 10-1 margin, Americans of all backgrounds are united in their shared belief that companies with positions to fill should raise wages instead of bringing in new lower-wage labor from abroad,” Sessions says.
Teddy Kennedy’s legacy
The Immigration Act of 1965 was the catalyst for the current boom in U.S. immigration.
Senate immigration subcommittee chairman Ted Kennedy reassured his colleagues and the nation with the following statement in 1965:
“First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same … Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset … Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia … In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.”
Kennedy concluded by saying:
“The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.” (U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965. pp. 1-3.)
In 1970, fewer than 1 in 21 U.S. residents were foreign-born. Today, is it nearly 1 in 7 and rising. “This enormous growth in the foreign labor supply – driven by green cards – has held down pay and salaries,” Sessions adds. “Wages today are lower than they were in 1973.”
Following the numerically smaller immigration wave from 1880 through 1920, Congress reduced immigration for the next half-century. “This migratory pause helped usher in a period of rapid wage growth for both America’s immigrant and U.S.-born workers who were able to rise together into an expanding middle class,” according to Sessions.
Visa changes enacted in 1965 then helped produce a record wave of new immigration. Congress is now in the midst of stacking another five-decade record-breaking immigration wave on top of this last five-decade wave – producing 100 years of continuous record-breaking immigration.
Pew Research projects that this next immigration wave will add another 103 million to the U.S. population (new immigrant arrivals and their future children) by 2065 – or the population equivalent of 25 cities of Los Angeles.
“To curb this extreme level of future immigration growth, as a super majority of voters wish, will require Congress to take up and pass a bill to reduce the number of visas issued on autopilot each and every year,” Sessions said.
Green Card Totals From Middle East Nations, FY 2014:
- Afghanistan (10,527)
- Armenia (2,913)
- Azerbaijan (672)
- Bahrain (122)
- Cyprus (129)
- Egypt (11,477)
- Georgia (1,240)
- Iran (11,615)
- Iraq (19,153)
- Israel (3,805)
- Jordan (5,187)
- Kuwait (1,057)
- Lebanon (3,245)
- Oman (90)
- Pakistan (18,612)
- Qatar (202)
- Saudi Arabia (1,696)
- Syria (3,540)
- Turkey (3,834)
- Turkmenistan (254)
- United Arab Emirates (1,039)
- Yemen (3,492)