Tuesday, September 12, 2017
VICE News' Keegan Hamilton and Alex Thompson have learned that the Trump administration is expected to drastically reduce the number of refugees that will be allowed into the United States in the coming year.
Multiple sources, including an official in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) with direct knowledge of the situation, say Trump plans to cap refugee admissions for the 2018 fiscal year at no more than 50,000. That would be the fewest in modern history, and less than half as many as President Obama authorized last year. The world is currently in the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, with more than 65 million displaced people fleeing conflict, climate change, and extreme poverty.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on “internal discussions” about refugees.
Read Trump expected to slash refugee levels to lowest in a generation on VICE News here.
The 50,000 limit would be codified into law by the RAISE Act, a proposed piece of immigration reform legislation backed by President Trump.