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U.S. to Limit Refugee Cap to 30,000 Next Year

U.S. to Limit Refugee Cap to 30,000 Next Year

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the number of refugees allowed into the country for the fiscal year 2019 will be capped at 30,000, which is 15,000 less than this year’s limit (45,000).

Pompeo explained that the new cap was part of the Trump administration’s plan for having refugees settle near their home countries. He also added that security concerns were part of the decision to lower the limit.

Pentagon and State Department officials originally supported the idea of maintaining the 45,000-limit. However, it is unknown if they changed their views or if the White House decided to make such a change.

The 45,000-refugee cap in 2018 has been the lowest since 1980, the year the current program began. 22,000 refugees are on pace to enter the U.S. this year, which is around half of the maximum.

In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised more stringent immigration restrictions. Through executive orders and decisions made behind closed doors, his administration has immensely reduced refugee admissions since he took office.

Under this current administration, the percentage of Muslim refugees have been reduced by a third compared to a couple of years ago. By contrast, the percentage of European refugees has tripled in size.

Interested in Seeking Asylum in the U.S.? Let Our Phoenix Immigration Attorney Help

When you feel that all hope is lost, Kanu & Associates, P.C. can provide the immigration help necessary to ensure you are able to stay in the country. We understand that the current administration has slowed admission of refugees and increased the number of obstacles in the vetting process. However, we possess the knowledge to help you navigate through the complexities of your case.

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