President Donald Trump said Saturday that last week's court order suspending his recent executive order had allowed for a "dangerous" influx of refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
The order imposed a 90-day ban on nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen entering the U.S. It also put a 120-day freeze on refugee admissions to the U.S. and indefinitely suspended refugee admissions from Syria.
According to the Refugee Processing Center, of the 1,462 refugees entering the United States between that time frame, roughly 72 percent were from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Sudan.
But refugee resettlement organizations dispute Trump's allegations that the recent increase in refugees is "so unsafe", and hope to correct what they say is a widespread misconception.
On Twitter, one of his favorite platforms for getting his message across, the President wrote: "Our legal system is broken!". Trump tweeted. "77% of refugees allowed into US since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect countries".
The makeup of refugees entering the United States looked a little different after Trump's first day as president January 20. Some exceptions were granted for those already in transit when the order was signed. When the courts suspended the executive order, those refugees were able to continue their move to the U.S.
That created a backlog of people from the seven affected countries who had been scheduled to come to the USA before Trump's executive action.
The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 3-0 vote on February 9, upheld a lower court's temporary restraining order against several provisions of an executive order on refugee resettlement. One hundred and fifty-five refugees were from Somalia and 115 were from Iran, according to State Department records. As of Friday, no refugees from Libya or Yemen had been admitted into the country.
Earlier the President spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One, saying his administration has "a lot of options" to achieve its aim of restricting immigration from the Muslim-majority countries.
The US President is furious that judges have blocked his executive order which would ban travel to the us from citizens from seven mainly Muslin countries and wants the ban reimposed without delay. This is one percent over the average for 2016.