Trump mulls lowering refugee quota to below 50,000

Addis Ababa, September 13, 2017 (FBC) - The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering lowering the number of refugees admitted to the US to less than 50,000 over the next year, the lowest refugee quota since 1980.

The Trump administration is in discussions to reduce the number of refugee admissions to as low as 15,000, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing current and former government officials familiar with the discussions.

Trump promised during last year’s presidential campaign to deny admittance to refugees who posed a terrorist threat.

In his first days in office, Trump capped the number at 50,000 as part of a temporary travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

That was less than half the 110,000 refugees former President Barack Obama said should be admitted in 2016.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed for Trump’s temporary travel ban to continue as it considers challenges to it, and will hear arguments next month.

Should Trump move ahead with scaling back refugee resettlement, it would be the second time in as many weeks that he has used executive authority to reduce the immigration levels entering the US.

Last week, he moved to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Obama-era program that grants protection from deportation to undocumented people brought to the United States as children.

Since the Refugee Act of 1980, which codified the president’s role in determining a ceiling for refugee admissions, the average limit has been about 94,000 worldwide. It has slipped below 70,000 just once, in 1986, when Ronald Reagan set it at 67,000.

Source: Press TV

Posted by Amare Asrat