We can all agree that the ongoing refugee crisis poses unique challenges to leaders throughout the world. Some countries, such as Germany, openly welcomed refugees and are now dealing with the aftermath of so many refugees entering at one time. Countries throughout Europe are challenged with how to meet the real and significant humanitarian need while simultaneously protecting their own citizens.
The United States is no different. Breitbart News noted that the estimated refugee population in the US in July was approximately 321 million. In the final three months of 2016, that number increased by more than 25,000 people.
With liberal Democrats seeming in love with the idea of welcoming others and blasting Republicans with claims of racism and Islamophobia for not wanting more refugees, it would be safe to assume that liberal states would be most willing to accept these refugees. But the data do not support that assumption.
Conservative leaning states are taking the brunt of the impact of the refugee influx. Nebraska has the highest rate with more refugees entering the state in more than a decade with more than 500 placed there by the federal government in the final three months of 2016.
“On a per capita basis, Nebraska has resettled more refugees than any other state in the country during the first three months of FY 2017.” North Dakota, Kentucky, Arizona and Idaho round out the top five states for accepting and placing refugees. And here’s the catch. All five of those states went for Trump in the election.
Among the lowest rates for accepting refugees were liberal states including Delaware (Vice-President Biden’s home state), Hawaii (President Obama’s place of birth) and Illinois (Obama’s home state).
Once again it looks like we see politicians preaching about what is right and should happen while refusing to take on those responsibilities themselves.