Trump mulls capping refugee quota at lowest level since 1980: report

Trump mulls capping refugee quota at lowest level since 1980: report
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President Trump is reportedly considering lowering the number of refugees who are allowed into the country to less than 50,000, the lowest number since 1980.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that senior Trump officials, including senior adviser Stephen Miller, are pushing the president to lower the limit on the number of refugees he set at the start of his term in January.

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Advisers are reportedly urging Trump to alter the quota as the deadline to set the number of refugees who are allowed to enter the U.S. draws closer. The president is required to set a new number each year on Oct. 1 under the Refugee Act of 1980.

The U.S. set the cap at 50,000 in July, four months before that number would reset in October.

This decision also comes as the Supreme Court ruled to indefinitely lift any restrictions on Trump’s travel ban on refugees coming from six predominantly Muslim countries.

The court granted the Trump administration a major victory by allowing a limited version of the ban to be implemented in July. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the legality of the ban next month.