The United States is on track to accept zero refugees in the month of October
According to the State Department, the United States is reportedly on track to accept zero refugees in the month of October, and has already cancelled over 500 flights this month. Travel for refugees who have already been accepted into the United States was originally postponed through October 21, and then again to October 28, and will again be postponed through the date of November 5. According to a spokesperson of the DoS, the US government “will work with their implementing partners to plan for a resumption of refugee arrivals, including rescheduling travel for those affected by the extension.” ~
According to the Pew Research Center, the US refugee resettlement program sets a maximum number of refugees who are permitted to enter the country each fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sep. 30), established by the President in the preceding fall. In the 2016 fiscal year, Trump set a refugee maximum of 85,000 refugees and went on to admit nearly that amount. 53,700 refugees settled in 2017, and in 2018, Trump’s first full fiscal year in office, a refugee cap of 45,000 was set and around 22,500 were admitted. The current fiscal year had an established ceiling of 30,000 acceptances, and had around 28,100 acceptances as of August 31. To put the refugee reduction in perspective, the U.S. has admitted around 74,200 refugees under the Trump administration, while over 85,000 refugees were admitted in Obama’s final full fiscal year in 2016 alone. Although the Trump Administration announced last month that it plans to decrease the amount of refugees the US accepts in the 2020 fiscal year to 18,000, the delays in refugee admittance to the United States point to an absence of a signed refugee ceiling for the new fiscal year by President Trump. ~
The decline in refugee admissions also comes amid what the United Nations claims is the “largest displacement of people across the globe in modern history,” (Los Angeles Times, 2019), and the highest worldwide refugee levels since the conclusion of World War II. This human displacement crisis has also been worsened by the recent events in Syria, in which 12,000 Syrian refugees fled to surrounding shelters in the region (UN Refugee Agency, 2019). ~
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