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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 GrahamUS Chamber of Commerce comes out in support of bipartisan, bicameral immigration bill Joe Lieberman to push senators on DC statehood GOP sees immigration as path to regain power MORE (R-S.C.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate Democrats call on Biden to restore oversight of semiautomatic and sniper rifle exports Overnight Defense: Army moves to combat sexual crimes | Eight West Point cadets expelled | Democratic senators want to restrict F-35 sale to UAE MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member of the judiciary panel, respectively, wrote to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoFive takeaways from Biden's climate summit UK Parliament declares China's treatment of Uyghurs a genocide If Trump runs again, will he be coronated or primaried? 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 NadlerHillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Wyden-Paul bill would close loophole allowing feds to collect private data Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) and Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenCapitol Police officer allegedly told units to only monitor for 'anti-Trump' protesters on Jan. 6 Hillicon Valley: Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing | Seven House Republicans vow to reject donations from Big Tech Wyden-Paul bill would close loophole allowing feds to collect private data 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