Donald Trump’s administration has said the number of refugees that will be allowed into United States is only 30,000 where as the ceiling last year was kept at 45,000. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed the press on Monday Treaty Room at the State Department that they have slashed the number of refugees for the second straight year.
“In defending the move, [Pompeo] says the refugee number should not be viewed in isolation,” Keleman said.
“This year’s proposed refugee ceiling must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States,” said Pompeo, insisting that the U.S. is the most generous nation in the world.
Pompeo added that the U.S. also has “a massive backlog” of asylum seekers already in the country.
“This year’s refugee ceiling reflects the substantial increase in the number of individuals seeking asylum in our country, leading to a massive backlog of outstanding asylum cases and greater public expense,” Pompeo said. “The daunting operational reality of addressing the over 800,000 individuals in pending asylum cases demands renewed focus and prioritization. The magnitude of this challenge is unequaled in any other country.”
Out of the ceiling of 30,000 allowable refugees it isn’t guaranteed that all of those people will enter U.S. in the fiscal year because though 45,000 were allowed this year not all of them have been settled as 2018 draws to an end.
This move is not the right choice at the time when the world is going through such a grappling rise in refugee flows and 68 million people are displaced.
“A cap of 30,000 jeopardizes the safety of future refugees, including persecuted Christians, who will no longer be able to find refuge in the U.S., nor does it reflect the actual capacity or willingness of Americans to receive and resettle refugees,” said World Relief President Scott Arbeiter in a statement. “This decision contradicts the administration’s declared commitment to helping persecuted Christian and religious minorities in dangerous and oppressive countries.”