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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Trump Is Factually Wrong on Refugees

AP reports:
TRUMP: "We are taking in thousands of people into our country. We have no idea where they come from, we have no idea who the hell they are. We know they believe in certain things that we don't want to believe in."
THE FACTS: It's not true that the government knows nothing about refugees who come to the United States.
The State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration keeps detailed records about how many refugees arrive monthly, and from where. The information is available to the public online through the agency's Refugee Processing Center ( The arrival information is broken down by country and region.
In May, for example, 6,511 refugees were resettled in the United States. The Democratic Republic of the Congo had the largest number of refugees who arrived last month, 1,274.
Annual data about immigrants is also available from the government through the Homeland Security Department's Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.
Would-be immigrants and refugees are screened to ensure they haven't been identified by intelligence agencies or law enforcement as having ties to terrorist organizations or criminal records. But people's belief systems are not generally considered as part of their applications to move to the United States