In spite of actions by several lower courts that suspended the immigration ban proposed by the Trump administration, refugee admissions to the U.S. have dropped sharply in the first months of 2017.
USA Today reports that the 2,070 refugees admitted in March were the lowest monthly total since 2013.
Refugees are immigrants who seek asylum in the U.S. due to war, persecution or natural disasters. President Trump has called for a temporary ban on refugees from seven Muslim countries while procedures were put in place to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. as refugees.
The number of refugees admitted into the country swelled under the Obama administration, and often times it was impossible to verify background documents presented by the applicants properly.
According to a report issued by the UN, there are more refugees seeking asylum worldwide than at any time since the end of World War II.
A majority of American supported the ban on refugees from Muslim countries. An IPOS/Reuters poll showed that by a margin of 48% to 41% the country supported the President’s ban.