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USA: Pompeo confirms refugees to be capped at all-time low of 30,00002:01

USA: Pompeo confirms refugees to be capped at all-time low of 30,000

United States, Washington DC
September 18, 2018 at 06:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that next fiscal year the US will slash the number of refugees admitted into the country to an historic low while speaking at a briefing in Washington DC on Monday.

"We propose resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling, as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers. They will join the over 800,000 asylum seekers who are already inside the United States and who are awaiting adjudication of their claims," Pompeo stated.

Pompeo explained the reason behind this new cap, saying: "The daunting operational reality of addressing the over 800,000 individuals in pending asylum cases demands renewed focus and prioritisation."

US President Donald Trump's administration already lowered the number of refugees allowed in the country, lowering the 110,000 refugee cap allowed when he took office in 2016 to the current 45,000 ceiling.

The latest cut marks the lowest number of admissions since the implementation of the 1980 Refugee Act.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that next fiscal year the US will slash the number of refugees admitted into the country to an historic low while speaking at a briefing in Washington DC on Monday.

"We propose resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling, as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers. They will join the over 800,000 asylum seekers who are already inside the United States and who are awaiting adjudication of their claims," Pompeo stated.

Pompeo explained the reason behind this new cap, saying: "The daunting operational reality of addressing the over 800,000 individuals in pending asylum cases demands renewed focus and prioritisation."

US President Donald Trump's administration already lowered the number of refugees allowed in the country, lowering the 110,000 refugee cap allowed when he took office in 2016 to the current 45,000 ceiling.

The latest cut marks the lowest number of admissions since the implementation of the 1980 Refugee Act.

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