The Trump administration has informed Congress it intends to accept only 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, a new historic low for the US.
Since coming into office in 2017, the Trump administration has increasingly slashed the annual refugee cap, which determines how many may enter the US, to deeper lows. President Donald Trump has repeatedly demonized refugees, particularly those from Muslim-majority countries — most recently at a campaign rally Wednesday evening.
The proposed 2021 cap was denounced by humanitarian organizations and Democratic lawmakers.
In a media note sent less than an hour before the end of fiscal year 2020 on Wednesday, the State Department said it had informed Congress of the proposed cap and said the US “anticipates receiving more than 300,000 new refugees and asylum claims in Fiscal Year 2021.” However, the vast majority of those would be asylum cases.
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