US slashes refugee limit to all-time low of 18,000

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The Trump administration has announced plans to allow only 18,000 refugees to resettle in the United States in the 2020 fiscal year, the lowest in history.

In a statement on Thursday, the US State Department said the move is to alleviate the current burden on the US immigration system.

“The current burdens on the US immigration system must be alleviated before it is again possible to resettle a large number of refugees.”

Immigration advocates have however condemned the move as an affront to the US’s humanitarian commitments.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has issued an executive order saying his administration would seek the approval of state and local governments to resettle refugees in their communities, in a shift for a federally directed program.




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