Trump administration sets refugee admissions at historic low

The White House Will Slash the Number of Refugees Accepted Into the US to an All-Time Low
Trump has set a limit of 45000 refugees into US, the lowest level in more than a decade

29 September, 2017

The 45,000 cap, to be formally announced by President Donald Trump in the coming days, reflects the maximum the U.S. will admit during the fiscal year that starts on Sunday (local time), although the actual number allowed could be far lower.

If implemented, the reduced number would represent the lowest intake of refugees to enter the United States in 10 years under the resettlement program.

To the alarm of some advocates, the report said that when making decisions on whether to admit refugees, US officials would "take into account certain criteria that enhance a refugee's likelihood of successful assimilation and contribution to the United States".

"With historically high numbers of innocent people fleeing violence worldwide, the United States response can not be to welcome a historically low number of refugees into our country", said Bill O'Keefe of Catholic Relief Services.

On Monday, 34 senators - all Democrats except for Mr John McCain of Arizona and Ms Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - wrote to President Trump, pleading for a cap higher than 50,000, calling the refugee programme "a critical pillar of our national security and our foreign policy".

"Those are the people that the USA programme really rescues", said Ms Richard, who was assistant secretary for refugees and migration at the State Department. The State Department report said there are now almost 300,000 asylum applications pending with DHS.

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is disturbed by this morning's reports that the Trump Administration is set to cap the annual admissions ceiling for refugees at 45,000.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had proposed earlier this month that 75,000 refugees - which was still a reduction of over 25 percent from the previous administration - be the goal for refugee admission next year. As of August, more than 51,000 refugees had been admitted this fiscal year.

A White House official said: "The President's strategy on refugees is guided first and foremost by the safety and security of the American people".

"Since our nation's tragic failure to help Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler, we have set an example for the world by providing safe haven to the world's most vulnerable people", Mr Durbin said in a statement, calling Mr Trump's proposal "an abdication".

But most critics of the federal refugee resettlement program believe the number should be zero in FY 2018, due to the health risks, security risks, and costs associated with the federal refugee resettlement program. It is the lowest cap since the modern United States refugee admissions system was established in 1980. They argue that the turmoil in Syria has caused a broken system in which the USA in unable to access databases to determine the background of would-be refugees. We're going to bring in 45,000 refugees from the Third World - starting on Sunday - when we have Americans suffering, people in Puerto Rico, right now.

However, less than 1% of the world's refugees are resettled in this way. He said there is enough money at DHS to do both "if the administration actually cared about refugees". Reverting to a refugee admissions level of, say, more than 100,000 would be just such a surprise, and would honor the challenges and sacrifices of the millions of refugees around the world. That review period ends October 24. Germany has borne the brunt of the global refugee crisis, granting full refugee status or other protection to more than 1 million Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Eritreans and others since 2015.

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