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Report: Muslim Immigrants Outnumbering Washington DC Population

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By    |   Thursday, 26 Nov 2015 10:46 AM

According to figures from the Department of Homeland Security, President Barack Obama's immigration policy has allowed 680,000 green cards to be issued to immigrants from Muslim countries over the past five years, and that number could repeat in the next five years.

That means the number of immigrants from Muslim nations who have already come in is higher than the population of Washington D.C., at 658,893, writes The Washington Examiner, and will not slow down unless Congress changes the president's open-door policy. The numbers could increase even more, with Obama planning to add 100,000 refugees, most coming from war-torn Syria.

According to Department of Department of Homeland Security Data released by GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions' Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest on Wednesday, refugees must apply for a green card within one year after arriving.

Immigrants with green cards have access to federal benefits, lifetime residency, work authorization, and a direct route to becoming a U.S. citizen, the release said.

"Without such changes, the Census Bureau projects that, for each coming year the total number of immigrants in the United States will increase, the annual rate of immigrant admissions will increase, and the foreign-born share of the population will increase," said Sessions' subcommittee release.

The foreign-born population in the United States is already at a record 41.3 million, the report said, and according to Pew polling, 83 percent of Americans believe 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," said Sessions' release. "And yet, despite this, the Senate's Gang of Eight bill would have tripled the issuance of green cards over the next decade, and this year's I-Squared bill would substantially increase both low-wage guest worker admissions and green card allotments – all on top of the existing record-breaking and unprecedented growth in future immigration."

The majority of people who have come with green cards were from Pakistan and Iran, at 83,000 each, followed by:
  • Bangladesh: 75,000
  • Iran: 73,000
  • Egypt: 45,000
  • Somalia: 31,000
  • Uzbekistan: 24,000
  • Turkey: 22,000
  • Morocco: 22,000
  • Jordan: 20,000
  • Albania: 20,000
  • Lebanon: 16,000
  • Yemen: 16,000
  • Indonesia: 15,000
  • Syria: 14,000
  • Sudan: 13,000
  • Afghanistan: 11,000
  • Sierra Leone: 10,000
  • Guinea: 8,000
  • Senegal: 7,000
  • Saudi Arabia: 7,000
  • Algeria: 7,000
  • Kazakhstan: 7,000
  • Kuwait: 5,000
  • Gambia: 5,000
  • United Arab Emirates: 4,000
  • Azerbaijan: 4,000
  • Mali: 3,000
  • Burkina Faso: 3,000
  • Kyrgyzstan: 3,000
  • Kosovo: 3,000
  • Mauritania: 2,000
  • Tunisia: 2,000
  • Tajikistan: 2,000
  • Libya: 2,000
  • Turkmenistan: 1,000
  • Qatar: 1,000
  • Chad: 1,000
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