Despite the West on edge due to the recent wave of terrorists attacks in Europe, Muslim refugee immigration to the US is soaring. According to recent pew research, it is likely that Americans are concerned by Muslim immigration to the US. Using a “feeling thermometer”, which correlates low numbers with negative feelings and high numbers with positive numbers, Americans scored only a 40 when asked to rate how they feel about Muslims.
The number not only demonstrates Americans’ negative attitude towards Muslims in generally, but the group faired far less favorably compared to Jews, Evangelical Christians and Hindus. Despite American’s attitudes towards Muslims, new Pew Research Center data shows that US Muslims refugee immigration is booming. In 2016, 28,957 Muslim refugees have been admitted to the US, the largest increase since 2002 and for the first time since 2006, have more Muslims been accepted than Christians.
Nearly 50% of Americans believe “some” U.S. Muslims are anti-American, which is a larger share than those who believe “just a few” or “none” are anti-American, according to a January 2016 survey. The polling above without further context should give the United States pause in regard to Muslim Immigration. If US Muslim harbor anti-American views, is it not plausible newly accepted Muslims do as well?
This news comes on the heals of Rep. Michael McCaul, the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, raising deep concerns over reports indicating that ISIS has made attempts to immigrate to the United States through its refugee program.
Citizens of Syria and Somalia, both hot beds for Islamic Jihadism, amount to more than 50% of the total number of Muslims refugees resettled in the United States.
With the information at hand, is it to anymore’s surprised that at a major foreign policy speech, Republican Nominee Donald Trump, called for “extreme vetting” of immigrants? Trump’s cautionary approach is rooted in pragmatism and hard data, not bigotry.