The Trump administration announced a massive cut in the annual refugee cap to 30,000 per year – the lowest level since before the United States Refugee Act of 1980. In 2017 when President Trump took office, the admissions rate was 110,000 per year. This does not include asylum seekers – all 280,000 of them expected in fiscal year 2019 – according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Eric Shwartz, president of Refugees International, called the move “appalling.” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) calls it “truly repugnant,” but with illegal immigration through porous borders and clandestine terror attacks on the rise, we call it prudent.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
The Trump administration will slash the refugee cap to a low that hasn’t been seen since enactment of the United States Refugee Act of 1980, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed today.
The administration previously lowered the number of refugees admitted from 110,000 when President Trump took office to 45,000, though the number admitted last fiscal year did not near that cap. That is being cut again to a 30,000 cap, Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.
Refugee resettlement does not include the number of people reaching America and applying for asylum. Pompeo said 280,000 asylum-seekers are anticipated in fiscal year 2019.
“This year’s proposed refugee ceiling must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States,” Pompeo said. “Moreover, the refugee ceiling number should not be viewed in isolation from other expansive humanitarian programs.