Texas Sees Sharp Drop in Refugees Under Trump

Once the top destination for refugees resettling in the U.S., Texas has seen its numbers drop significantly under the Trump administration.

The Lone Star State took in just under 1,700 refugees during fiscal year 2018 which ended September 30 -- a 64-percent drop from the previous fiscal year.

According to the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, overall refugee admissions to the U.S. were nearly 22,500, which is far below the Trump administration's cap of 45,000.

By comparison the Obama administration was accepting 70,000 to 80,000 per year.

Texas also saw a significant drop in Middle Eastern refugees under Trump, just 25 Iraqis compared to 949 in fiscal year 2017.  Only one Syrian refugee came to Texas this year, down from 455 a year earlier.

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