US pro­poses slash­ing refugee limit for 3rd con­sec­u­tive year

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has pro­posed cap­ping the num­ber of refugees ad­mit­ted to the United States next year at 18,000, the low­est level since the pro­gram be­gan four decades ago, ac­cord­ing to Capi­tol Hill aides briefed on the plan Thurs­day.

The new limit would rep­re­sent a 40% drop from the 2019 cap and mark the third con­sec­u­tive year that the ad­min­is­tra­tion has slashed the pro­gram since United States ad­mit­ted nearly 85,000 refugees in Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s fi­nal year in of­fice.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion’s refugee plan calls for a cap of 5,000 who fear re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion and 1,500 from the three Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­tries driv­ing a surge of asy­lum-seek­ing fam­i­lies — Gu­atemala, El Sal­vador and Hon­duras.

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