Is there Bias Against Muslims Who Apply for Naturalization?

The Pew Research Center estimates that Muslims make up only 1 percent of the population of the United States, although Pew calculates that this will double by 2050. An examination of the resident alien statistics for majority-Muslim countries for 2000 through 2009 shows that, when collated with the prior statistical data, for the 15 years between 2000 and 2014, procurement of permanent residence by individuals from Muslim-majority countries increased exponentially, from 82,040 in 2000 to 148,714 in 2014. The figures derived from DHS statistics would certainly appear to substantiate that estimation. If there is either a systemic or systematic bias against Muslim applicants for either naturalization, the statistics don’t show it; rather, they show a robust and sustained increase in both residency and naturalization of aliens from majority-Muslim nations.

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