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Trump Expected to Slash Refugee Levels to Lowest in a Generation

Trump plans to cap refugee admissions for the 2018 fiscal year at no more than 50,000, which is the fewest in modern history.

by Keegan Hamilton and Alex Thompson
Sep 12 2017, 7:42pm

The Trump administration is expected to drastically reduce the number of refugees that will be allowed into the United States in the coming year, VICE News has learned. Multiple sources, including an official in the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) with direct knowledge of the situation, say Trump plans to cap refugee admissions for the 2018 fiscal year at no more than 50,000. That would be the fewest in modern history, and less than half as many as President Obama authorized last year. The world is currently in the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, with more than 65 million displaced people fleeing conflict, climate change, and extreme poverty.

Trump hasn't yet made a final decision on refugee admissions, the sources said, but according to the USRAP official, "it won't exceed 50,000" and could even be fewer. White House officials and members of the National Security Council were scheduled to discuss the refugee cap Tuesday, and an official announcement could come as soon as this week.

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