Trump proposes cutting refugee cap to historic low of 45000

The White House Will Slash the Number of Refugees Accepted Into the US to an All-Time Low

The White House Will Slash the Number of Refugees Accepted Into the US to an All-Time Low

Citing safety and security concerns, the Trump administration said Wednesday that it will cap refugee admissions at 45,000 in the 2018 fiscal year, a historic low that refugee advocates say will exclude numerous world's vulnerable populations. Also, asylum applicants who meet threshold criteria are allowed to wait inside the us while their applications are considered, while refugees are often living in desperate conditions.

He made the issue a focus during the presidential campaign, advocating for a wall along the USA border with Mexico and the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally, and saying that Syrian refugees fleeing their country's civil war present a security threat to the United States.

That cap would impose the toughest limit in decades despite what humanitarian groups have called a global refugee crisis, with the United Nations reporting that 65.6 million people - the most on record - were displaced in 2016.

They said new screening and admittance requirements for refugees will be announced later, as a six-month review, ordered by Mr Trump near the start of his presidency, draws to a close. The administration has been contemplating a limit somewhere between 40,000 which was endorsed by Homeland Security Department 50,000, the State Department's desired level.

"While maintaining the United States leadership role in humanitarian protection, an integral part of this mission is to ensure that refugee resettlement opportunities go only to those who are eligible for such protection and who do not present a risk to the safety and security of our country", a State Department report seen by British newspaper The Guardian reads.

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For fiscal year 2017, which ends September 30, former President established a cap of 110,000 refugees for permanent resettlement in the United States. "When president Obama increased the number dramatically Republicans said they didn't want that but the consultation process didn't give them any authority to stop it", he said.

"Churches and communities, employers and mayors, are heartsick at the administration's callous and tragic decision to deny welcome to refugees most in need" Linda Hartke, the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, said in a statement. A federal court ruled that the U.S. must allow refugees who have "close" family ties in the country.

David Inserra from the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation said Congress should have more of a say in setting the cap to avoid radical swings in the numbers when there is a change in administrations.

The lower refugee cap is a continuation of Trump's hardline stance on immigration.

But the new cap of 45,000 has already come under fire from refugee agencies.

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However, less than 1% of the world's refugees are resettled in this way.

Africa will receive the largest allotment of 19,000 refugees, or 42 per cent of the total. He said there is enough money at DHS to do both "if the administration actually cared about refugees".

It is unclear if the administration will impose any restrictions on top of the cap after October 24.

At a speech last week at the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Trump argued it is far more efficient to help refugees where they live.

Although Trump continues to struggle with Congress over support for his legislative agenda, limiting refugee flow is one of the areas in which he has free reign to meaningfully deliver to his base.

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