Trump Administration Plans To Again Lower Cap On Refugees

Published: Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:42pm
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 8:33am
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President Donald Trump’s administration plans to again drop the ceiling for the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States next year.

The U.S. will let in no more than 30,000 refugees in the next fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“The 30,000 number is lower than any other president has set since 1980, and it’s a dramatic reduction,” said Stanford T. Prescott, community engagement coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix.

The new cap will be a 33 percent drop from this year’s limit of 45,000 refugees.

The number of refugees arriving in Arizona has already cratered under the Trump administration, which has increased vetting of foreign nationals and banned people from certain countries.

With federal funding tied to resettlements, the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix has had to expand other programs and raise new money.  

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