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After 15 years, US will have more Muslims than most European countries.
By Raif Karerat
WASHINGTON, DC: At current immigration rates, the Muslim population in the United States will double over the next 15 years, hitting about 6.2 million in 2030, a Pew Research study recently found.
Fifteen years from now, Pew found, the United States is projected to “have a larger number of Muslims than any European country” except for France and Russia.
Certain factions within the government are not enthused about the immigration figures and cite security concerns as their primary source of apprehension. According to an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, top U.S. counterterrorism officials say terrorists could slip into the country from Iraq and Syria, in spite of promised screening procedures for such refugees.
“It’s clearly a population of concern,” National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen testified earlier this week.
The editorial also cites President Barack Obama’s administration for welcoming almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations — more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over the same period.
Of the 300,000 Muslims allowed into the U.S. by the incumbent administration, 41,094 were Iraqi nationals fleeing homes ravaged by the horrors of war.
With Syrian civilians facing similarly dire straits, their presence in the United States is also expected to increase. The State Department has said it will quadruple the number of refugees brought in from Syria, with as many as 2,000 nationals arriving by the end of fiscal 2015.
As it currently stands, the number of displaced people within the borders war-torn Syria and Iraq is estimated to exceed 3 million refugees, the most in Middle Eastern history.
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