The Trump administration has slashed the number of refugees allowed in the U.S. by more than half despite raging violence and worsening crises across the world. A cap of 45,000 is set to be announced by the President in the coming days, the lowest number in decades, since the refugee resettlement program was established in 1980. It is also a huge departure from the 110,000 goal that Barack Obama wanted to welcome as the world tried to help those fleeing from destruction in Syria. Trump has already limited those plans to help people from war-torn regions, with an estimated 54,000 arriving through the fiscal year ending Sunday. His travel ban also prevented all refugees from coming into the country before the Supreme Court allowed those with “bona fide” connections to the U.S. entry during legal challenges. The visa restrictions announced this week, which replace the expiring ban and are implemented on a country-by-country basis, do not have a blanket ban on refugees and it unknown how it will affect the new regional caps. Africa is granted an allotment of 19,000 refugees, with the Middle East and South Asia receiving a combined 17,500. East Asia receives receives 5,000, Europe 2,000 and… Read full this story
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