For Third Straight Year, Trump Administration Lowers Refugee Cap

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The Trump administration is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000.The announcement comes despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year's cap of 45,000 was too low.

Trump lowered that to 45,000.

The lower numbers reflect the Trump administration's opposition to accepting refugees and other immigrants into the US.

The US welcomed almost 85,000 refugees in the final year of Barack Obama's presidency.

According to the New York Times, Miller joined forces with President Donald Trump's chief of staff John Kelly to push for an even lower cap of 25,000 refugees, and Pompeo ultimately accepted Miller's xenophobic push for a "deep cut". "It is unacceptable that the United States is asking governments like Turkey, Jordan, and Uganda, among many others, to provide safety for literally millions of refugees, while the administration, in turn, announces the lowest refugee ceiling in US history".

"In consideration of both US national security interest and the urgent need to restore integrity to our overwhelmed asylum system, the United States will focus on addressing the humanitarian protection cases of those already in the country", he added.

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Pompeo said they would join the over 800,000 asylum seekers already inside the USA and who are awaiting adjudication of their claims.

"Today's announcement demonstrates another undeniable political attack against people who have been forced to flee their homes", Mace concluded.

Trump has made limiting immigration a centerpiece of his policy agenda.

"We can house, feed, and provide medical care for hundreds of thousands more refugees closer to their homes and do so more rapidly than we could possibly do here in the United States", he said. Last year Trump temporarily banned visitors from a handful of Muslim-majority nations, and insists he'll build a wall along the US-Mexico border. Since 1980, the yearly refugee goal has averaged 95,000 persons.

That escalated once the Syrian civil war began and as a power vacuum in Iraq helped facilitate the emergence of the Islamic State, Middle Eastern refugees spiked. Cases are screened by the Defence Department, FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.

In so doing, the United States is not only abdicating humanitarian leadership and responsibility-sharing in response to the worst global displacement and refugee crisis since World War II, but compromising critical strategic interests and reneging on commitments to allies and vulnerable populations, including religious minorities and those whose lives are in danger because they assisted USA troops and US missions overseas. "The security checks take time but they are critical".

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