President Donald Trump had already lowered refugee admissions to the US to a historic low of 45,000 in the 2018 fiscal year and he is going even lower for 2019.
Breaking: Pompeo says US will let in max of 30,000 refugees in FY19. That's down from 45,000 cap this year and less than a third of Obama-era levels
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) September 17, 2018
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On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the administration will be capping the number of refugees that the nation accepts to 30,000 for the new fiscal year — lowering the cap by one third. While that is the maximum that the US will accept, the number admitted could actually be even lower.
Before Trump became the president the refugee cap was 110,000 — which he had promptly lowered to 50,000, and has continued to slash each year.
Refugee admissions are currently at the lowest they have been in over a decade.
Speaking at the State Department, Pompeo also announced that the US also expects to process roughly 280,000 asylum seekers.