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Administration to cap refugees at 30,000

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that the U.S. would cap the number of refugees it will accept at 30,000.  This is down from 45,000 the previous year and down considerably from the 110,000 refugees admitted during the last year of Obama’s presidency.

Pompeo announced the reasons for the lower cap – which, naturally, did not suit those predisposed to demand much higher levels of refugee resettlement.


The administration argued last year that refugee resources should be employed to address a backlog of domestic asylum cases that ballooned to more 300,000 cases this year – an argument repeated by Pompeo Monday.  Unlike refugees, who apply from overseas, asylum seekers request protection after arriving in the U.S. …

Pompeo lumped refugee admissions with asylum cases in his remarks, saying the U.S. would aim to process the cases of 280,000 asylum seekers in the coming year. …

A former White House official familiar with the discussions told POLITICO that Pompeo internally argued to keep levels at 45,000, but apparently relented. …

Read the full story from American Thinker

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