Changes. President hopeychange wasted no time in opening up the visa regulations, beginning with "religious visas." Before, whoever wanted to enter as a supposed missionary needed to demonstrate his/her affiliation with a religious institution for at least two years. Now they changed it to almost no proof at all.
"Missionary" Christians come and go, and priests, pastors, nuns, ministers have used this visa, but their number is so low that it is insignificant. The Jews also use this type of visa, but it is the same as the Christians. The numbers are low, and, as with the Christians, generally those folks use a tourist visa.
It is predominately Muslims who use the "religious visa". And that number is quite high. Many countries such as Pakistan or territories such as Palestine use this type of visa, because it has been harder for them to get a regular visa (though that is no longer true for the Palestinians). But because most Muslims can't really provide or do not want to provide the information of a specific mosque they've attended or they've "preached" at, they complained -- and now DOS has granted their wish of waiving the 2-year proof requirement.
Bottom line, this yet another type of visa they are using, and this change helps them enormously.
In addition, another type of visa that is dangerous and is an IV (Immigrant Visa), is what is called a "Diversity" visa -- a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants.” Diversity Visas (DV) each fiscal year are made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple eligibility requirements. A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for diversity visas. The visas are distributed among six geographic regions, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration.
Just to give you an idea of the impact of these changes on regions rife with jihad, look at the number -- and this is just April alone. Just the month of April.
Immigrant numbers in the "diversity visa" for April alone have Africa at 26,900, Egypt 17,400, Somalia 15,700, Nigeria 9,900, Asia 17,400, Bangladesh 11,000. And don't be fooled by Europe's number of 20,800 -- diversity means we are importing Europe's Pakistanis, Moroccans, Algerians, etc., and we know how well they have integrated into those societies.
North America 7, (Bahamas), Oceania 715, South America, 900.
There are huge increase in Pakistan and Afghanistan reap this poisonous fruit.
The numbers coming out of Gaza have gone through the roof since Hillary made this change in program policy when she talked trash on a teen Pali show - remember?
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UPDATE: Siren in the comment section correctly elaborates:
"Persons from the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt" and as you can see Egypt gets its special quota.
Numbers for April are:
Africa - 32,400
Except: Egypt 19,150 (Of course, Egypt, The Muslim Brotherhood, et al gets almost 20,000)
Ethiopia 17,750 (This means Somalia)
Nigeria 11,550 (Not the Christians. They are mainly the muslims who apply for this one)
Europe 24,900 (It's a "Diversity Visa" which means more Pakistanis, etc.)
North America 10 (Bahamas)
South America, 1,000
and the Caribbean
Notice that the highest countries with winners for the DV for 2009 include: