Trump administration considers reduction in amount of refugees admitted into US: report

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The Trump administration is reportedly considering reducing the number of refugees that can be allowed to resettle in the U.S., a move that would continue a trend that began in 2017 under President Trump. 

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the idea of scaling back the amount of refugees allowed to resettle in America is facing little pushback inside the White House

{mosads}The Times, which cites two former government officials and another person familiar with the talks, notes that White House adviser Stephen Miller has had success in installing people in key positions who appear ready to sign off on deep cuts for refugee resettlement. 

One plan the White House reportedly is considering would allow no more than 25,000 refugees to be resettled in the U.S., representing a cut of more than 40 percent from this year’s limit.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely play a key role in whether reducing refugee resettlement will be successful, according to the Times. The newspaper reports that he is being advised by two senior aides who are close to Miller and share his hard-line approach toward immigration. 

An unidentified White House official declined to confirm or deny if cuts to the refugee resettlement program would occur. The official also would not confirm if a cap of 25,000 was put in place. 

But the official told the Times that a “migration crisis” was gripping the country and that the Trump administration would prioritize asylum cases in which the individual is already in the U.S. 

The report comes as the Trump administration takes an increasingly hard-line approach to immigration. Refugee admissions for the 2018 fiscal year were capped at a record low of 45,000 refugees.

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