The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed admitting a maximum of 45,000 refugees next year, the lowest cap in decades, which officials said was necessary to ensure USA security, although Democrats and humanitarian groups blasted the decision as an abandonment of American moral authority.
"For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region", he said.
Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, set the cap on refugee resettlement at 110,000 in his a year ago, more than double what Trump is proposing.
The State Department did not notify resettlement groups of the planned 45,000 number, a government official confirmed on Wednesday, saying that "they're well aware of the executive order's number of 50,000 and that I think this is probably in the range that they expected".
Notably, this cap does not include an "unallocated reserve" quota for the administration to respond to unforeseen upticks in refugees, according to the CNN.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR put the number of refugees this year at an all time high, with 22.5 million worldwide coming mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
"You can assert whatever you want to assert but the facts just simply bely this preposterous argument", said Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International.
But that type of assistance "ignores all the people who have fled to places that are still not safe", said another former Obama administration official, Anne Richard. The vast majority stay in the countries in which they first apply for asylum, predominantly developing countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Whatever figure Trump decides on will be significantly lower than the number of refugees the Obama administration admitted in.
The number was a compromise, The Hill reported, noting senior policy adviser Stephen Miller pushed for only 15,000.
The caps set a top limit, and the USA does not always reach the cap.
After he took office in January, Trump suspended refugee admissions for 120 days and cut the cap to 50,000. The State Department refused to comment on prospective figures ahead of a presidential declaration.
"Churches and communities, employers and mayors, are heartsick at the administration's callous and tragic decision to deny welcome to refugees most in need" Linda Hartke, the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, said in a statement.
Trump has advocated keeping refugees closer to their homes. But the United States can only promote such approaches most effectively when friends and allies see that we are practicing at home what we preach overseas.
But the White House argued the United States will continue to be "the largest refugee resettlement country in the world". In a proposal submitted late last week, the department called for a reduction to 40,000 refugees in the next budget year starting October 1, citing concerns about its workload and ability to adequately vet those seeking entry.
"If we're looking at these historically low levels, we stand to lose from our budgets hundreds of thousands of dollars".
Across the world there were 22.5 million refugees past year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. From Albert Einstein to Madeleine Albright to Sergey Brin to so many others, refugees have benefited the United States enormously.
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