(CNSNews) Since the day after President Trump’s inauguration, 773 refugees have been admitted into the United States.
The largest single contingent, 136-strong, comprises Syrian refugees, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data. Of those, 132 (97 percent) are Muslims, three are Yazidis and one is a Christian.
Sizeable groups have also arrived since January 21 from other countries compromised by terrorism, including 88 from Somalia, 80 from Iraq and 52 from Iran.
(If the count includes the day of the inauguration, the number rises to 878 in total, including 166 Syrians and 115 Iraqis.)
The president is reportedly planning to issue executive orders this week freezing refugee admissions, pending measures to strengthen the security vetting process.
According to a Reuters report, Trump will in addition move to restrict immigration from seven specified countries – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The seven include the three countries currently designated by the State Department as state-sponsors of terrorism – Iran, Syria and Sudan – and others that have been among the most affected by terrorism in recent years.
Not included, however, are several countries that scored high on the most recent Global Terrorism Index, notably Afghanistan (2nd on the list), Nigeria (3rd), Pakistan (4th), India (7th) and Egypt (9th).
Rankings on the index, compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace, are calculated based on the number of terrorist incidents, fatalities, casualties, and the level of property damage.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said late Tuesday that the anticipated executive orders “will be the actual implementation of what then-candidate Trump said would be a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States.”
“These [orders] will not make our nation safer, rather they will make it more fearful and less welcoming,” CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad tweeted in response to the Reuters report….