Refugees are entering the city of Knoxville, Tennessee at an historic rate, with over 230 being resettled in the region and another 245 expected to arrive in 2017.
If as many refugees arrive in Knoxville as they are expected in 2017, it will be a 44 percent increase in refugees since 2014, according to the Bridge Refugee Services.
The majority of the refugees entering the Knoxville area are from Iraq, a nation significantly torn apart by Islamic terrorism. Other refugees in Knoxville are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Russia.
Like Georgia and Texas, refugee resettlement by the federal government has been increasing in Tennessee since 2014.
Three years ago, there were only 170 refugees resettled in Knoxville. In 2015, that number slightly increased to 194. If the projections are sustained, there will be at least 476 brought to the region in two years.
In other areas of Tennessee like Murfreesboro, residents have been dealing with what they see as the “Islamization” of their town, due to increasing numbers of Muslim refugees.
In a Washington Post piece last week, reporter Abigail Hauslohner attacked Christians who oppose the building of a mosque in their area.
“What worries and perplexes many Muslims and their friends here is what lies beneath the surface. What impact will Trump have as president when distrust of Muslims already exists,” Hauslohner wrote.
Hauslohner interviewed one “right-wing Southern Baptist,” where the anonymous man said Muslims have the right “to kill you and take your wife as a sex slave.”