The Obama Administration is on track to issue 1 million green cards to immigrants from countries where Muslims are in the majority, according to an analysis of Department of Homeland Security data released Friday.
According to the DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, green cards were issued to 832,014 people from Muslim-majority countries in the first six fiscal years of the Obama administration, from fiscal years 2009-2014, the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest report shows.
In addition, the numbers of green cards increased dramatically in the last two fiscal years of the report, for 2013 and 2014. The records show that 117,423 green cards were issued in fiscal year 2013, compared to 148,810 in fiscal year 2014, for an increase of nearly 27 percent.
The reports show that in the first six fiscal years President Barack has held office, the United States issued green cards to an average of 138,669 migrants from Muslim-majority countries every year, and if the trends continue, the United States will have issued green cards to at least 1.1 million migrants from such countries by the time Obama leaves office in January.
According to census data published by the Center for Immigration Studies in September, Muslims make up the fastest-growing group of immigrants. The foreign-born population of the United States hit a record high of 42.4 million in July 2014.
According to Friday’s report, the 832,014 green cards issued so far do not include temporary nonimmigrant visas for people coming in to simply work, or for people overstaying their admission periods.
The green card totals from Muslim countries for fiscal years 2009-2014 are:
Jordan , 25,000
Sierra Leone, 12,000
Saudi Arabia, 9,000
United Arab Emirates, 5,000
Burkina Faso, 3,000