U.S. slashes number of refugees to 30000 for next year

U.S. slashes number of refugees to 30000 for next year

Since the beginning of 2018, Trump's Department of State has admitted 2,341 Muslim refugees to the United States.

In addition to the above efforts, the total USA humanitarian assistance worldwide was more than eight billion dollars in fiscal year 2017, more than any other country, Pompeo said.

The administration must now by law consult with Congress before making its final determination on a ceiling before the new fiscal year starts on October 1.

Former President Barack Obama raised the ceiling to 110,000 in 2017, and the USA allowed in nearly 85,000 refugees in 2016 - the last full year of the Obama administration.

Trump campaigned in 2016 promising tight restrictions on immigration and his administration has sharply reduced refugee admissions through executive orders and closed-door decisions in the past year and a half. "This would be wrong".

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

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The US Government says it anticipates processing up to 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers in 2019. It will be the lowest ceiling since the refugee program began in 1980. The Trump administration wants to deal with those already here before vetting and admitting new people "in consideration of both USA national security interests and the urgent need to restore integrity to our overwhelmed asylum system", said Pompeo. Several of the other "protections" that Pompeo referenced in his remarks have been curtailed by the Trump administration including Temporary Protected Status, which the administration has ended for over 428,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

"The improved refugee policy of this administration serves the national interest of the United States, and expands our ability to help those in need all around the world", according to a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"The US is not only abdicating humanitarian leadership and responsibility-sharing in response to the worst global displacement and refugee crisis since the Second World War, but compromising critical strategic interests and reneging on commitments to allies and vulnerable populations", Miliband said.

According to him, the 2018 proposed refugee ceiling must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the country. The U.S. welcomed almost 85,000 refugees in the final year of the Obama administration.

The majority of refugees worldwide come from Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan. It's the lowest figure since 1977, covering a fiscal year that ends in 12 days.

But anti-immigration hawks in the administration, led by presidential adviser Stephen Miller, have pushed to clamp down on refugee admissions and alleged that foreign nationals fleeing war and persecution pose a potential terrorist threat.

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