Trump running out of time to set refugee quota, said to be considering a low number

A ceiling for refugee admissions must be set by Oct. 1, and reports are coming out that some in the Trump administration want that figure to be below 50,000, according to a report in The New York Times which does not name a source.

President Trump is required by law to consult with Congress before setting the limit. If he sets admissions below 50,000, it would be the lowest number of refugees allowed in the U.S. since at least 1980. President Barack Obama gave the approval for 110,000 refugees in the U.S. in 2016.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided to allow the Trump administration to keep its restrictive policy on refugees in place.

The conservative-leaning court agreed with the Trump administration’s latest request to block the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that eased the restrictions on the travel ban.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 10 on the legality of the travel ban on travelers from six countries that sponsor terrorism and on refugees from anywhere in the world.

The 90-day travel ban lapses this month and the 120-day refugee ban will expire in October. The administration has yet to say whether it will seek to renew the bans, make them permanent or expand them to other countries.

Tuesday’s decision by the Supreme Court was in response to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week to uphold a district judge’s order that would have allowed refugees to enter the country legally if a resettlement agency in the U.S. had agreed to take them.

The Trump administration shot back, saying the relationship between refugees and resettlement agencies is moot. The Supreme Court sided with the administration.

The appeals court also upheld another part of the judge’s ruling that applies to the bans on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Grandparents and cousins of people already in the U.S. can’t be excluded from the country under the travel bans, as the Trump administration had wanted. The administration did not ask the Supreme Court to block that part of the ruling.

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