More than 8,400 refugees have settled in the United States since the Trump administration’s executive orders on immigration have been stymied by the federal courts, reports Fox News.
The first executive order, which focused on immigration from several troubled nations and barred new refugees for 120 days, was delayed in early February and the President’s revised order was blocked later in March.
New figures from the State Department confirm that since the initial travel ban was held up in court, more than 8,000 refugees have settled inside the United States.
According to the Refugee Processing Center, a digitized tracking network created by the U.S. Department of State, 8,476 refugees have moved to the United States, of which 1,131 originated from Syria.
The massive influx of refugees from Syria is troubling to law enforcement and counter-terrorism officials. Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security officially announced that over 300 people who entered the U.S. through a refugee program are under investigation for ties to international terrorism.