Trump looking at reducing number of refugees: report

Trump looking at reducing number of refugees: report
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President Trump is reportedly looking at reducing the number of refugees coming into the U.S.

Trump will have to make a choice about the number of refugees to let into the country in the next budget year, according to The Associated Press, and there are differing opinions within the administration over how refugees should be let in.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reportedly wants an even stricter cap — 40,000 — on refugee admissions during the next budget year, which starts Oct. 1. 

The State Department, meanwhile, proposed that the U.S. maintain the current admissions rate, which is at 50,000, according to the AP.

A White House official told the news service that Trump will weigh the options on refugee admissions over the weekend before he needs to make his final decision.

White House spokeswoman Kelly Love said the Trump administration is "guided by the safety and security of the American people, the protection of U.S. taxpayers, and the application of U.S. resources in a manner that stretches our dollars to help the most people."

Trump made immigration a key piece of his presidential campaign.

During his campaign, Trump said the U.S. needed to put an end to the "massive inflow of refugees."

"Thousands of refugees are being admitted with no way to screen them and are instantly made eligible for welfare and free health care, even as our own veterans, our great, great veterans, die while they're waiting online for medical care that they desperately need," Trump said last October.

Since taking office, he has issued various orders, including temporarily barring people from some Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S. and ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.