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Committee on the JudiciaryImmigration and CitizenshipIntroducedApril 9th, 2019
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The Trump administration’s historically low target of resettling 30,000 refugees into the U.S. in FY2019 harms refugees and cedes America’s traditional leadership role in refugee resettlement to other nations. By ensuring presidents can’t set refugee ceilings below the historic average of 95,000 each year, this bill would ensure that both Trump and future presidents can’t harm refugees through a too-low annual ceiling.
The Trump administration’s low ceiling for refugee resettlement in FY 2019 reflects a few realities: there’s an ongoing, massive influx of asylum applications coming from Central America; national security interests need to be balanced against the desire to help refugees by admitting them into the U.S.; and it’s expensive to process asylum and refugee claims.