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RRW Weekly round-up for week ending May 12, 2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 14, 2017

As you may have noticed, I am trying to add some other legal immigration news and information on programs that must be reformed as we have the best window ever for reform in Washington.

In fact, the Trump team should be at this very minute crafting legislation to send to The Hill to abolish or reform several legal immigration programs that have outlived any usefulness they may have ever had—the US Refugee Admissions Program, Temporary Protected Status and that truly insane Diversity Visa Lottery.  All the worker and investor visa programs should also be rewritten or trashed (but I don’t have enough energy for those, and others, like NumbersUSA, are doing good work there).

Frankly, if Trump’s Administration doesn’t take the initiative on reforming our legal immigration system, it will never happen.  See my post yesterday about the six REPUBLICAN Senators eager for more refugees (can you say cheap labor!).

Here are the Top Three Posts of the past week. 

Note that one of those is about the insane Diversity Visa Lottery. (Top three posts of the last day are in the right hand side bar):

If your city has low income housing (or a greedy meatpacker nearby!) you could get refugees

Another 50,000 wannabe migrants to US learned if they won the lottery to America this week

Minnesota Dept of Health needs $5 million to fight infectious diseases in immigrant population

I haven’t mentioned Top Ten Countries lately, so here below are where readers hailed from who read RRW this past week. There were 134 countries on the list, but here are the top ten (excluding the US):

Canada

UK

Australia

South Africa

Germany

Brazil

Philippines

Kenya

Netherlands

Norway

 

For new readers!

In this older round-up I outlined how to learn more about RRW and the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program. All of my round-ups may be found in my ‘blogging’ category by clicking here.  Yikes! I see that my first video is now at 2.9 million views!

Thanks as always for your notes, your gifts of books, donations, and e-mails of support, even if I don’t acknowledge every communication know that I try, but there aren’t enough hours in the day here on the farm.

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DHS data: Somalis slow to become naturalized citizens

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 14, 2017

Before you see the information I found at the Dept. of Homeland Security website, don’t miss John Binder at Breitbart Texas about the new bunch of Somalis deported to their home country, here, this month, a story featured on Drudge last night.

 

5 Kenyans and 67 Somalis deported from the US landed in Kenya on Friday morning. http://www.mwakilishi.com/article/kenya-news/2017-05-12/kenyans-deported-from-usa-arrive-at-jkia/

 

I took a few minutes this morning to look at data and came across this database at the Dept. of Homeland Security that tells us how many immigrants (country of origin) who naturalized in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.

730,259 from many more than 100 countries (I got tired of counting!) became US citizens in 2015.

But, considering the fact that we have admitted far in excess of 100,000 Somalis to the US going back decades, I was surprised at how relatively low their naturalization numbers are.  (Checking Wrapsnet I see we admitted 102,392 Somalis since FY03 with 5,244 coming just in the last 7 months).

At present naturalization rates, they could hardly be much of an electoral force except for in places like Minneapolis, MN or Columbus, OH where large numbers have congregated to form ethnic enclaves.

First here are some of the major ethnic groups naturalizing at high rates (for 2015):

Mexico: 105,958

India: 42,213

Philippines: 40,815

China:  32,241

Even Vietnam was pretty hefty at 21,976

Of the largest refugee-sending countries, the Iraqis are naturalizing at a healthy rate: 14,899 in 2015 (and showing an increase from 2013-2015).

But, the Somalis (3,691) and the Burmese (6,045) don’t seem to be too excited about becoming US citizens.

Here is one little segment of the data base showing the Somali naturalization numbers dropping from 2013-2015:

 

 

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