The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), today, called on Congress to reject the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) by setting a historically-low refugee cap of 30,000, the lowest level of admissions since the program began. For fiscal year 2019, this means a 33% drop from Trump’s 2018’s record-low ceiling of 45,000.
OneClickPolitics The 30,000 cap is the maximum number of refugees the U.S. will admit during the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. The actual number allowed in could be lower. So far this year, the U.S. has only admitted 20,918 refugees for the fiscal year set to end in two weeks, according to State Department records.
Obama raised the ceiling to 110,000 but the pace slowed dramatically after President Donald Trump took office and issued an executive order addressing refugees.
During his first year in office, President Trump capped the number of refugees at a then historically-low 45,000, down from the 110,000 cap that President Barack Obama set before leaving office. There is currently a backlog of 320,000 asylum seekers awaiting a decision on whether they will be allowed to remain in the United States.
The Trump administration added requirements, including longer background checks and more screenings for females and males between 14 and 50 from certain countries, including Iraq. One thing not mentioned here is Trump’s commitment to significantly raise the number of Middle East Christians who are granted asylum.
In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert McCaw said: “This new policy is not only inhumane — as it targets the most desperate and vulnerable people in the world — but it is also a reflection of the heartlessness, racism and xenophobia that seems to drive many of the Trump administration’s policies.
(NO, it reflects the Trump administration policies of putting the safety of Americans first and reducing the number of potential Muslim terrorists gaining entry to the US)