Refugee admissions under President Trump are at the lowest they’ve been in a decade. This fiscal year, the U.S. will meet its cap of 50,000 refugees.
That number is in stark contrast to the 85,000 refugees President Obama admitted into the country during his last year in office, according to government data.
After several federal judges blocked President Trump’s executive “travel ban”, the order was reworked to do away with a block on refugee resettlement, but it capped the the number of total refugees allowed to come into the U.S. at 50,000. The original cap was set at 110,000 refugees to be admitted from October 2016 to September 2017.
A Supreme Court ruling in June has since allowed Trump’s executive order to go into effect.
There are some exceptions to the travel ban, since the Supreme Court also ruled that the U.S. must continue to accept refugees and visa applicants who can prove they have a “bona fide” relationship to an American, as in the case of “a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and sibling, whether whole or half.” Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles are not exempt.
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