Trump reducing number of refugees to 50,000, lowest since 1980

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The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering lowering the number of refugees admitted to the US to less than 50,000 over the next year, the lowest refugee quota since 1980.

The Trump administration is in discussions to reduce the number of refugee admissions to as low as 15,000, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing current and former government officials familiar with the discussions.

Trump promised during last year’s presidential campaign to deny admittance to refugees who posed a terrorist threat.

In his first days in office, Trump capped the number at 50,000 as part of a temporary travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries. That was less than half the 110,000 refugees former President Barack Obama said should be admitted in 2016.

As the deadline approaches for Trump to issue the annual determination for refugee admission numbers required by the Refugee Act of 1980, some inside the administration —…

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