Trump admin proposes historically low cap for refugee admissions in 2018
Hours after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s temporary ban on most refugee admissions, The New York Times reports that Homeland Security has proposed a deep reduction in total refugee admissions in 2018.
During President Obama’s final year in office, the number of refugees admitted was capped at 85,000. Obama proposed a cap of 110,000 for 2017, but Donald Trump slashed that number to 50,000. Since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980, before the current administration, the State Department has capped the annual number of refugee admissions anywhere between 67,000 and 231,7000.
During a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, Homeland Security officials proposed a 2018 cap of 40,000, the Times reports. Racist booger Stephen Miller has pushed for an even lower cap of 15,000, sources said. No final decision has been made.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say the very existence of refugee resettlement as a core aspect of the American story, and America’s role as a global leader in this area, is at stake,” David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee said.
The number of people displaced from their countries and seeking safety across international borders in 2016 was 22.5 million, the highest number since the UN Refugee Agency was founded in 1950 in the aftermath of World War II.
I wonder why.
[The New York Times | photo: Getty]