Christian refugees entering the United States now outnumber Muslim refugees according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department data. The trend is a reversal from the waning days of the Obama administration where Muslims outnumbered all other refugee groups.
In February, Trump’s first full month in office, Muslims accounted for 50% of the 4,580 refugees who entered the U.S., and Christians made up 41% of arrivals. By June, Christians (57%) made up a larger share of arrivals than Muslims (31%).
Shortly after his election, President Trump promised that his administration would prioritize the resettlement of Christians trying to enter the country through the U.S. refugee program.
“They’ve been horribly treated,” Trump said of Christians in a January interview with Christian Broadcasting Network. “Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States?”
“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair, everybody was persecuted in all fairness, but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.”