The United States will only allow not more than 25000 refugees to be resettled on its territory by 2019, the White House has proposed a further reduction.
Under one plan currently being discussed, no more than 25,000 refugees could be resettled in the United States next year, a cut of more than 40% from this year’s limit.
It would be the lowest number of refugees admitted to the country since the creation of the program in 1980.
The White House is considering a second sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the US, picking up where President Trump left off in 2017 in scaling back a program intended to offer protection to the world’s most vulnerable people, according to two former government officials and another person familiar with the talks.
This time, the effort is meeting with less resistance from inside the Trump administration because of the success that Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser and an architect of his anti-immigration agenda, has had in installing allies in key positions who are ready to sign off on deep cuts.
Last year, after a fierce internal battle that pitted Mr. Miller, who advocated a limit as low as 15,000, against officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Pentagon, Mr. Trump set the cap at 45,000, a historic low.
Refugees, by contrast, are generally people outside the country who have met that bar and are seeking resettlement in the United States.
“In determining an appropriate refugee ceiling for 2019, the administration will consider the entire humanitarian caseload, legal and illegal — including asylum-seeking refugees, non-asylum seeking refugees and other categories such as special immigrant juveniles, unaccompanied alien minors, temporary protected status and other related programs,” the official said in a statement, provided on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations were continuing.
The official noted that there was a backlog of 700,000 asylum cases, asserting that “most asylum seekers are illegal immigrants,” and that there were high costs and “enormous security challenges” in admitting people to the United States on humanitarian grounds.