Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Maps show where immigrants from temporarily banned nations live; many are in rural areas

Immigrants from the seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen—targeted by President Trump's travel ban make up about 2 percent of the foreign-born population in the U.S., reports The New York Times, which did seven maps of where all the immigrants live. Most are naturalized citizens who are not directly affected by the temporary ban, but their relatives might be. (Times map: Where the 83,843 immigrants from Somalia live)
Immigrants from the seven nations who have "green cards" may still face uncertainty. "The status of tens of thousands of those with permanent-resident status is not as clear, as administration officials have said they may be subject to greater scrutiny if they travel abroad," the Times reports. "And visa holders may not be able to return to the U.S. if they go out of the country." (Map: 84,035 Syrian immigrants are located in many rural areas)
Of the more than 856,000 immigrants, visa holders and green-card holders originally from the countries affected by the ban, only three are known to have been involved in terrorist attacks against the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001, reports the Times. Two involved driving a vehicle into a crowd, in North Carolina and Ohio, and the third stabbed 10 people outside a mall in Minnesota. (Map: 199,380 immigrants are from Iraq)

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