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10 numbers to know about the travel ban and refugees in Minnesota

10 numbers you should know about immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Minnesota.

President Donald Trump's travel ban requires the U.S. to stop accepting refugees for 120 days, and orders a 90-day ban on travel from seven countries that are predominantly Muslim. It's been met with protests and outrage across the country.

Here's a look at how the order is affecting Minnesotans, with 10 numbers you should know.

47 million

That's how many foreign-born residents live in the United States – the highest of any country. Germany is No. 2 on the list with 12 million, Pew Research reported last year.


As of Jan. 27, that's how many refugees have been approved by the Department of Homeland Security to come to America, including 13,928 Somalis, 10,680 Iraqis, 8,886 Syrians, 1,805 Sudanese, 983 Iranians, and 29 Yemenis.

About 85,000 refugees entered the U.S. last year – 46 percent were Muslim, Pew Research tweeted.


It's how many refugees are in the process of being resettled to Minnesota this year – many of whom already have preliminary approval from the Department of Homeland Security.

It's believed that more than 50 percent of the 2,600 slated to come this year are from countries included in Trump's executive order, Ben Walen, the division director of refugee services with the Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC), told GoMN.


That's about how many refugees were expected to resettle in Minnesota over the next 120 days through the seven organizations in Minnesota that do resettlement work, Walen said. Many of the 150 refugees MCC was working to resettle were reuniting with family members already in the country, including a 4-year-old girl from Uganda whose mother is already in Minnesota, Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin of the MCC said Monday. She spoke at a news conference of interfaith leaders who denounced Trump's orders.


That's the number of refugees who had already booked their travel plans to come to Minnesota through MCC's refugee resettlement program by the end of February, but whose travel plans have been canceled because of the executive order. The other six resettlement agencies in Minnesota also have cases like this, Walen said.


That's how many people (out of 325,000) who were detained for further questioning at airports across the United States over the weekend, President Trump tweeted.


That's how many people have been detained at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in connection to the travel ban, MSP spokesperson Patrick Hogan told GoMN Monday, noting the airport has no direct flights to any of the countries included in the ban.

Teresa Nelson, the legal director of the ACLU of Minnesota, told GoMN that the organization has been contacted by people who are overseas with plans to travel to Minnesota in the coming days and weeks, "so this may become an issue in the near future."


That's how many refugees have been resettled in Minnesota since 2001 (fifth among all states) through various religious-based programs, a fact sheet from MCC says.


That's how many students across all University of Minnesota campuses who are affected by the travel ban, the Pioneer Press reports. In a statement to GoMN, the University of Minnesota is urging these students, as well faculty and staff who are from the affected countries, to avoid travel at this time, and say anyone who has concerns about travel or their visas should get in touch with their adviser.

The U of M Twin Cities told GoMN one student is in Iran doing research and they arrived safely, while a senior researcher had trouble re-entering the U.S. after going on a personal trip to Jordan. No other faculty, staff or students are registered to be in the countries included in the travel ban for university-related business, the U said.


That's how many patients the Mayo Clinic says could be affected by the president's travel ban, a tweet from Rochester Post Bulletin reporter Brett Boese says.

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