Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions

Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions
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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 GrahamFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Army officer calls Syria pullback 'a stain on the American conscience' MORE (R-S.C.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSchiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Syria fallout MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member of the judiciary panel, respectively, wrote to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoReporter presses Pompeo on whether he met with Giuliani in Warsaw Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims Dem senator urges Pompeo to fire State official accused of retaliation, harassment 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 NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.) and Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenHillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference House to vote this month on legislation to combat foreign interference in elections Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions 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