Record low refugee cap goes into effect. On Wednesday, President Trump formally committed the U.S. to accept up to 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, solidifying a historically low refugee ceiling and sparking outcry among advocates. Trump stated that “[t]he admission of up to 15,000 refugees to the United States during FY 2021 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest,” despite the State Department predicting that 300,000 individuals would seek protection in the U.S. this fiscal year. Previously, President Obama set the refugee cap at 110,000 for FY 2017, but the refugee cap was lowered to 45,000 for FY 2018, and has decreased every year since.
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