White House Sets Lowest levels for Refugees Ever
The Trump administration plans to cap the number of refugees admitted to the United States in the coming year at 45,000. Less than twice the number Canada permits, as a nation that has more than 10 times Canada’s population.
This would be the lowest figure since the system was first set in 1980’s, and noticeably lower than the 70,000 range it had been in recent years.
According to one White House officials, the president’s decision on the refugee limit will be announced following a consultation period.
By law, the president is required to consult with members of Congress about the number of refugee admissions before the start of each fiscal year, on Oct. 1.
The number of refugees actually admitted to the country, which can fall below the cap, dropped to its lowest in the fiscal year after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks with only around 27,000 admitted.
Obama Vs Trump
For the fiscal year 2017, which ends Sept. 30, former President Barack Obama established a cap of 110,000 refugees for permanent resettlement in the United States.
After taking office in January, President Donald Trump issued an executive order lowering the maximum number to 50,000 for 2017, saying that more would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”