Immigration from Muslim-majority countries is on the rise, with 680,000 green cards granted over the past five years, and another 660,000 expected to be handed out over the next five, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions says.
Citing statistics from the Department of Homeland Security, Sessions' Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest
reports between 2009 and 2013, DHS issued some 680,000 green cards to migrants, including refugees, from Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, and Bangladesh, among other countries.
Another 660,000 are likely to be issued over the next five years, the number "could be higher still," Sessions states in a news release.
"Census Bureau data shows migration from the Middle East to be one of the fastest-growing categories."
The issue has come under increased scrutiny in the wake of President Barack Obama's plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees
into the country.
"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," Sessions states.
Sessions argues refugees who get green cards "have instant access to federal welfare and entitlements, along with local benefits and education services," The Washington Free Beacon
"These costs are not offset."
DHS data shows between 2009 and 2013, the U.S. granted green cards to 83,000 individuals from Pakistan and another 83,000 from Iraq, making them the two leading nations for immigration to the United States, Sessions notes in the news release.
Another 73,000 emigrated from Iran while another 45,000 came from Egypt. Somalia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Morocco also top the list.
Census Bureau indicate that the foreign-born population in the United States stand at a record 41.3 million.
"One-quarter of the U.S. population is now either foreign-born or has foreign-born parents," according to the release.
"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."
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