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Sessions’ Subcommittee Reports that Migrants From Muslim-Majority Countries is the Fastest Growing Segment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-Alabama) Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest reports that migration from Muslim-majority countries is the fastest growing class of migrants to the US Sen. Jeff Sessions is the Chairman of the Subcommittee On Immigration And The National Interest.

According to data published by the Department of Homeland Security, the United States issued 832,014 green cards to migrants from Muslim-majority countries in the first six fiscal years of the Obama Administration (fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2014).

In fiscal year 2013 the number of green cards issued to migrants from Muslim-majority countries was 117,423. In fiscal year 2014 that rose by 27 percent to 148,810. Throughout the Obama Administration’s tenure, the United States has issued green cards to an average of 138,669 migrants from Muslim-majority countries per year, meaning that it is nearly certain the United States will have issued green cards to at least 1.1 million migrants on President Obama’s watch.

According to the Subcommittee that 832,014 figure does not include temporary, nonimmigrant visas issued to migrants who come to the United States simply to work, nor does it include those who have come to the United States on temporary visas and overstayed their authorized period of admission.

Between fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2013, 102,000 green cards were issued to migrants from Pakistan, 102,000 from Iraq 90,000 from Bangladesh, 85,000 from Iran, 56,000 from Egypt, 37,000 from Somalia, 30,000 from Uzbekistan, 26,000 from Turkey, 25,000 from Morocco, 25,000 from Jordan, 24,000 from Albania, 21,000 from Afghanistan, 20,000 from Lebanon, 20,000 from Yemen, 18,000 from Syria, 17,000 from Indonesia, 15,000 from Sudan, 12,000 from Sierra Leone, 9,000 from Guinea, 8,000 from Senegal, 9,000 from Saudi Arabia, 8,000 from, Algeria, 8,000 from Kazakhstan, 6,000 from Kuwait, 6,000 from Gambia, 5,000 from the United Arab Emirates, 5,000 from Azerbaijan, 4,000 from Mali, 3,000 from Burkina Faso, 3,000 from Kyrgyzstan, 3,000 from Kosovo, 3,000 from Mauritania, 2,000 from Tunisia, 2,000 from Tajikistan, 2,000 from Libya, 1,000 from Turkmenistan, 1,000 from Qatar, and 1,000 from Chad.

On Sunday, June 19 Sen. Sessions told CNN said Sunday, “The public data that we have indicate there are quite a number of countries in that region that have sent a large number of people that have become terrorists … Pakistan has a number, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen,” Sessions told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

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Sessions defended Trump’s call for a temporary suspension of immigration from Muslim countries; but did say that there would be exceptions for diplomats and businessman.

Sen. Sessions said, “He simply said, and the way I understand it is, that we should slow down. Let’s have a pause and begin to analyze where the threats are coming from. We have a toxic ideology, hopefully very small within Islam; certainly most people, most Muslims don’t agree with this violent, jihadist approach. And we need to figure out a better way to identify that.”

Muslim terrorists have been responsible for a number of terror attacks in the United States, including the slaying of 49 at a gay club in Orlando on Sunday, June 12.

Sen. Sessions was the first US Senator to endorse Donald Trump. The popular Sen. Sessions was re-elected in 2014 without a single opponent Democratic or Republican. Sen. Sessions is said to be on Donald Trump’s short list for vice president.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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