Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions

Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions
© Greg Nash

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday sent a letter to the Trump administration requesting an in-person consultation regarding the country’s refugee admissions ahead of the new fiscal year.

Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' MORE (R-S.C.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member of the judiciary panel, respectively, wrote to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoForeign Relations Democrat calls on Iran to release other American prisoners Documentary groups challenge Trump administration's vetting of immigrants' social media Iran releases American graduate student in prisoner swap MORE and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan that the end of the fiscal year is near and they’ve had little communication from the administration.

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“As you are aware, federal law requires a Cabinet level designee of the President to consult with the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees before the President can set the annual refugee admission ceiling for the coming fiscal year. The end of this fiscal year is fast approaching, and there has been very limited communication to coordinate consultation,” they wrote.

The letter came a week after a similar request from Reps. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerJudiciary panel releases report defining impeachable offenses READ: White House letter refusing to participate in impeachment hearings White House tells Democrats it won't cooperate in impeachment hearings MORE (D-N.Y.) and Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenSunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers MORE (D-Calif.), the respective chairs of the House Judiciary Committee and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee. 

Immigration hardliners in the administration have eyed cutting down refugee admissions as the White House seeks to curb the total number of migrants entering the U.S. 

The administration cut the refugee admissions ceiling to 45,000 and 30,000 for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 respectively, and reports emerged in July that it is mulling capping the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. in FY 2020 at zero