Even with the 120-day moratorium (Update: is it now only 90?) on refugees from seven key countries, the number of refugees the US accepts this year will be at just about the level it accepted in 2011 and 2012. (Lots of other interesting data at the link.) Granted, it will still be a bit less. Also, the rise over the last few years has been in response to real events. But note further that Barack Obama dramatically increased the number we would accept - by executive order - just before the election. As with the wild change in the acceptable arsenic level in late 2000 by Bill Clinton, so that Bush would have to look like he was dangerously reducing safety standards when he tried to simply return it to previous levels, this has a strongly political feel to it.
A story: In 1992, Haitians were climbing on fragile boats trying to cross to America. Bush 41 gave orders to turn them back, but Bill Clinton insisted he would never do such a heartless, inhumane thing. Thus, as soon as Clinton was elected, huge numbers of Haitians climbed aboard even frailer vessels, hoping to cross to America. Why wouldn't they?
Thousands died on the open sea, including the father of one of our sponsored children. (Which is why I remember.)
And Bill Clinton did decide he was going to turn them away as well, so please don't come. You may legitimately ask why this was not widely reported amidst the heady joy of America finally having a good president.
I don't believe them when they say they care.
I need not ask. The media, as Prof. Reynolds keeps saying, are Democrat operatives/minions with by-lines.
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