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Trump Admin. Wants to Lower Number of Refugees Allowed Into Country

Trump Admin. Wants to Lower Number of Refugees Allowed Into Countryā€¯

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 State Department's Refugee Processing Center says the USA accepted 51,392 in the first eight months of this year.

The 45,000 figure represents the maximum number of refugees the US would be willing to accept.

Still, Trump's stated hostility to accepting refugees and opposition among others in his administration mean the USA may not intend to fill all 45,000 slots in the 2018 fiscal year that starts Sunday.

Former President Obama announced past year that the USA would accept up to 110,000 refugees in 2017.

The former official, who favored a higher number, said the decision will undermine the United States ability to persuade nations such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon that have accepted huge flows of Syrian refugees to keep admitting them as well as to convince donor nations to keep up financial contributions for refugees.

The State Department declined to comment on potential figures ahead of a presidential announcement.

Trump temporarily halted refugee resettlement from all countries in his travel ban, which was disputed in federal court. If the President moves forward with this historically low number it would represent a failure of American leadership and an insult to the world's most vulnerable people.

"It's tragic", said Robert Carey, former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under Obama.

The Wall Street Journal reported the proposed cap on Tuesday, but said the number will not be finalized until President Trump confers with members of Congress on Wednesday.

In a speech to the United Nations last week, Trump said that more could be done to help refugees in their home regions.

After taking office in January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order lowering the maximum number to 50,000 for 2017, saying that more would be "detrimental to the interests of the United States".



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