The United States admits more than twice the number of immigrants from majority-Muslim nations than from countries in the European Union, according to a Senate analysis of Department of Homeland Security data.
According a chart released Thursday by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, in the five years spanning from FY 2009 through FY 2013, the U.S. issued approximately 680,000 green cards to migrants from Muslim nations compared to the 270,000 green cards issued to migrants from the European Union.
Permanent residency, or a green card, is a step on the path to U.S. citizenship. A green card also provides eligibility for work authorization and, after a time, can open the doors to federal benefits.
The total in the chart, the subcommittee notes, also includes refugees who are eligible for permanent residency after a year. Unlike other types migrants to the U.S., refugees are immediately eligible for a public benefits like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps).