Trump Administration Misses Opportunity to Suspend Refugee Program, Sets FY 2018 Ceiling At 45,000

Sep. 29, 2017

Late Wednesday the Trump administration submitted a report to Congress setting the presidential determination of the ceiling for refugee admissions at 45,000 for FY 2018. The Refugee Act of 1980 requires that the president submit such a determination prior to the beginning of each fiscal year. The number of refugees ultimately resettled in that fiscal year is a result of subsequent negotiations between Congress, which authorizes the budget expenditures for the refugee admissions program, and the Administration.

That represents about a 17 percent decline in the number of refugees admitted in FY 2017, which ends on Saturday and is expected to be around 54,000. It is a little more than half of the 84,995 admitted in FY 2016, but is at the same level as the 45,000 refugees admitted annually during the George W. Bush administration over the seven years between FY 2002 and FY 2008.

"The administration proposed taking in a maximum of 19,000 refugees from Africa, 5,000 from East Asia, 2,000 from Europe and Central Asia, 1,500 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 17,500 from the Middle East and South Asia, the report [to Congress] said," Reuters reported.

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