Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks on Refugee Policy


Here are the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks on the latest refugee admissions numbers:

"The United States anticipates processing up to 310,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Fiscal Year 2019. We propose resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling, as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers. They will join the over 800,000 asylum seekers who are already inside the United States and who are awaiting adjudication of their claims. These expansive figures continue the United States’ longstanding record of the most generous nation in the world when it comes to protection-based immigration and assistance."

Robert O'Malley and Stephen Pomper on Politico note that the 30,000 refugees "is the lowest number in the history of the nearly 40-year-old resettlement program. In so doing, he answered the depressing question experts have been asking for the past several weeks: Would the administration stay put at the record-low level it set for itself in 2018 — 45,000 refugees — or seek to plumb new depths in the coming year?"

Julie Hirschfeld Davis in the New York Times reports that "[t]he number represents the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its creation in 1980, and a reduction of a third from the 45,000-person limit that Mr. Trump set for 2018."




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