Sunday, November 3, 2019
On November 1, President Trump released the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2020. It provides for "[t]he admission of up to 18,000 refugees to the United States during Fiscal Year 2020 . . . ." The 18,000 had been previously announced. As The Guardian previously reported,
"The Trump administration will admit no more than 18,000 refugees over the next fiscal year – the lowest number since the US began its refugee program in 1980. Last year, the Trump administration set the cap at 30,000 – which at the time was historically low, and a significant reduction from the 110,000 refugees allowed during Barack Obama’s final year in office.
The state department expects to receive more than 368,000 refugee and asylum claims over the next year, it said in a press release, but it added that `the current burdens on the US immigration system must be alleviated before it is again possible to resettle large number of refugees [sic]'”.