This is the largest October resettlement in more than a decade (maybe even longer).
See Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart with what the numbers mean, here.
This is the highest October number for at least 10 years (see chart below).
I maintain that the reason for this huge rush to place as many as possible in dozens of new towns and cities, for example, Wilmington, DE, and Poughkeepsie, NY , is to get them (and more offices) established before a possible Trump administration comes in in January and TRIES to put the brakes on the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program.
Also, there is a good story at CNS news out yesterday which looks at numbers in a different way, reporter Patrick Goodenough gives an accounting for CALENDAR year 2016. It can get confusing, but we tend to use the FISCAL year because that is the start of the new year for the US State Department and its resettlement contractors.
We are now one month into FY2017, and here is where the 9,935 refugees have been seeded over the last four weeks. Map is from the Refugee Processing Center:
And then this (below) is a chart showing monthly admissions since 2006, note how low October normally is! We don’t have data going back further, but I will bet you would have to go back to the 1980s to find October resettlements this large. BTW, September is always huge because as the last month of the fiscal year, they want to try to reach their ceiling.