‘A matter of life and death:’ Trump admin slashes refugee cap to historic low, imperiling thousands

Monday’s announcement represents the lowest ceiling any president has imposed on the U.S. refugee program since its creation in 1980.

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The Trump administration has once again slashed the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the new cap on refugees would be a historic low of just 30,000 next year, down from the current level of 45,000. The actual number of refugees allowed in to the country is expected to be even lower than the 30,000 cap. Monday’s announcement represents the lowest ceiling any president has imposed on the U.S. refugee program since its creation in 1980. Under President Obama, the refugee cap reached 110,000. For more on the Trump administration’s refugee policy, we speak with Ryan Mace, refugee specialist for Amnesty International USA.

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  • Ryan Mace

    refugee specialist for Amnesty International USA.

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