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US Trump plans to slash refugee admissions to new low

10:01  01 october  2020
10:01  01 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Trump will slash US refugee admission numbers next year to the lowest total in a decade – and barely 40 per cent of what Obama wanted. The new figure appears to be a compromise that Cabinet officials felt would be palatable to the president. Still, Trump 's stated hostility to accepting refugees

The Trump administration will allow no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States next year, officials said Tuesday, in what would be the lowest admissions level in more than a decade. The new figure appears to be a compromise that Cabinet officials felt would be palatable to the president.

(Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Wednesday it intends to allow only 15,000 refugees to resettle in the United States in the 2021 fiscal year, setting another record low in the history of the modern refugee program.

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The State Department said the proposal reflected the Trump administration's prioritizing of the "safety and well-being of Americans, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."

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The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero — according to three people familiar with the plan . During a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Without a new admissions quota, the US refugee resettlement programme will not be able to take in Since taking office, Trump has slashed the number of refugees allowed into the country by more than The 18,000 cap was already the lowest in the history of the programme. In addition, the State

The refugee cap was cut to 18,000 last year, but only roughly half that many refugees were let in as increased vetting and the coronavirus have slowed arrivals.

The president typically sets yearly refugee levels around the beginning of each fiscal year. Under U.S. law, the president must consult Congress before finalizing the annual number of refugees it plans to accept but the determination is ultimately set by the White House.

The proposal includes specific allocations for refugees who suffered or fear persecution on the basis of religion, for refugees from Iraq who helped the United States; and for refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Cuba, and Venezuela.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the The number represents the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its That slashed the program from the 110,000 cap that President Barack Obama had put in place

The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero — according to three people familiar with the plan . During a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Trump's Democratic challenger in the Nov. 3 presidential election, Joe Biden, has pledged to raise refugee admissions to 125,000 a year if he defeats Trump in November.

However, Biden has not said how quickly he would raise the cap and advocates say the program could take years to recover after Trump-era reductions.

Tens of thousands of refugees are in the pipeline for arrival to the United States, many with applications far along in the approval and vetting process.

Krish Vignarajah, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which helps resettle recently arrived refugees, called the cuts "a complete abdication of our moral duty and all that we stand for as a nation" in a post on Twitter late on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Kristina Cooke and Mimi Dwyer in Los Angeles; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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