Democrats are continuing to wrap up President Trump in the Ukrainian controversy, undoubtedly trying to prevent him from being re-elected and from currently doing the job he was elected to do.
But, the president is continuing to govern despite their attempts and even cut the number of refugees that the United States will be allowing next year to a meager 18,000.
This is the lowest figure in the refugee admittance program history, beginning more than 40 years ago, BizPac Review reports.
From the report:
The Trump administration proposed Thursday to set the fiscal year 2020 cap on refugees to 18,000, according to a conference call with senior administration officials. The administration says it’s retooling its refugee program to prioritize those who face religious persecution and those who have helped U.S. national security and also address the current southern border crisis.
“This proposed refugee ceiling takes into account the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on our southern border and the massive asylum backlog,” a senior administration official said Thursday.
According to the report, the low-limit will be enacted on October 1 when the next fiscal year officially starts.
There would be 5,000 slots exclusively available to those facing religious persecution. Another 4,000 Iraqis would be allowed to enter the U.S. as refugees, highlighting the administration’s priority of foreign nationals who have assisted U.S. national security. There would be another 1,500 available for Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran nationals. Lastly, the administration carved out another 7,500 slots for those who don’t necessarily fit in any of the above categories but would otherwise qualify for refugee status.
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President Trump has successfully lowered this figure each year that he has been in office.
In 2017, Trump cut the refugee admittance number to 33,000. And, in 2018, he cut the figure again to 23,000.
BizPac Review reports a Trump administration official said: “The number of individuals forcibly displaced worldwide is far more than can be resettled or granted asylum in the United States or other countries each year. So that’s why our support for refugees and other displaced people extends well beyond our immigration system.”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli similarly added: “America is still, as it has been for some time, the No. 1 country in the world for aiding, providing humanitarian aid all around the world. I have every reason to expect that to continue, including with 18,000 person cap.”