Trump slashes U.S. refugee admissions to record low

Trump slashes U.S. refugee admissions to record low”

Refugee rights groups say the program could take years to recover after years of reductions during Trump's presidency.

An American professional cyclist was sidelined from his team Thursday after posting a tweet in support of President Donald Trump in a seemingly benign way.

The administration informed Congress Wednesday that it plans to limit refugee admissions to 15,000 for fiscal year 2021, which began Thursday.

The 15,000 figure - the maximum who can be admitted over the next 12 months barring a change in administration - is a further cut from 18,000 a year ago and down dramatically from more than 100,000 under previous president Barack Obama.

Trump's Democratic rival in November 3 elections, Joe Biden, has pledged to raise the refugee cap back to 125,000, saying that welcoming the persecuted is in line with USA values. He heads the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, a non-profit organization that helps resettle refugees in the United States. "While we support the right to free speech, we will hold people accountable for their words and actions".

"The administration may have turned its back on refugees, but we at HIAS won't". By the end of 2019, 79.5 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations.

In this February 10, 2017 photo, Abdisellam Hassen Ahmed, a Somali refugee who had been stuck in limbo after President Donald Trump temporarily banned refugee entries, walks with his wife Nimo Hashi, and his 2-year-old daughter, Taslim, who he met for the first time after arriving at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Trump's order comes amid the world's worst refugee crisis on record, with waves of displacement from countries such as Syria, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

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Asked about impending cuts to the refugee quota, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that there was "no more generous country" than the United States in providing humanitarian assistance.

"In response, he will not be racing for Trek-Segafredo until further notice", the statement concluded.

The Trump administration has proposed cutting the number of refugees the United States accepts each year.

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

A law called the Refugee Act of 1980 created the modern U.S. refugee resettlement programme. Trump has steadily ratcheted that number down.

"We need to restore the refugee programme and our moral authority around the world", said Representative Zoe Lofgren, who heads a House subcommittee in charge of immigration. The virus has infected almost 7.3 million Americans and killed over 208,000 while sending the USA economy spiraling into its sharpest slowdown since World War II. More than five million people have also fled Venezuela's crumbling economy and political tumult.

Pompeo last week on a visit thanked Colombia and Brazil for taking in Venezuelans and toured a migrant processing centre in a Brazilian border town.

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