The US State Department has notified Congress the United States anticipates resettling 15,000 refugees within the United States in the course of the fiscal 2021 yr, a record low quantity.
The authorities estimate, required by US regulation, is a discount from a ceiling of 18,000 in fiscal 2020 and comes as President Donald Trump has sought to flip refugees into a political problem to assist his re-election bid.
The precise variety of refugees admitted by the US tends to be decrease than the annual ceiling and underneath Trump administration insurance policies was fewer than 11,000 in 2020, additionally a record low, in accordance to information from the Migration Policy Institute.
Speaking at a marketing campaign rally on Wednesday evening, Trump warned a massive crowd of supporters that his Democratic rival Joe Biden would open US borders to refugees and asylum seekers.
“Biden will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp,” Trump stated to boos from his supporters in Duluth, Minnesota.
Minnesota, a key swing state within the presidential election, has the most important Somali inhabitants within the US and is house to Representative Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American who got here to the US as a youngster underneath asylum and was elected to Congress in 2018.
Trump’s supporters shouted chants of “lock her up, lock her up, lock her up” directed at Omar.
Facebook introduced on September 30 it had eliminated 15-second Trump marketing campaign ads that tied the admission of refugees to coronavirus infections with out foundation the truth is.
The ads had featured video pictures of Biden speaking about border safety and warned he would improve refugee admissions from Syria, Somalia and Yemen.
“We rejected these ads because we don’t allow claims that people’s physical safety, health or survival is threatened by people on the basis of their national origin or immigration status,” a Facebook spokesperson stated in a assertion.
The State Department notification cited the coronavirus pandemic as a major cause for the discount in refugee admissions.
“The president’s proposal for refugee resettlement in Fiscal Year 2021 reflects the administration’s continuing commitment to prioritize the safety and well-being of Americans, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the State Department stated in its discover to Congress.
The Trump administration has adopted a vary of insurance policies to forestall and discourage immigration to the US, driving a sharp discount within the variety of refugees admitted. The variety of refugees resettled to the US in 2016, the final yr of the Obama administration, was almost 85,000.
Meanwhile, the variety of refugees worldwide has elevated dramatically within the final 10 years. Nearly 80 million folks have been compelled from their houses by conflicts and persecution, in accordance to the United Nations and different companies.
Trump administration coverage has been to hold refugees in camps and work to safe their return house “to rebuild their lives, their communities and their countries”, the State Department stated.
Gregory Maniatis, director of the Open Society’s International Migration Initiative stated in a tweet Trump has promoted “anti-refugee hysteria”.
BREAKING: In the lifeless of evening, Trump advised Congress the US will settle for 15,000 refugees (max) within the fiscal yr that begins right this moment—fewest ever. Reagan welcomed as many as 159,252, George H.W. Bush, 132,531.
It’s the final gasp of his anti-refugee hysteria.https://t.co/WGB1InE8WB
— Gregory A. Maniatis (@gmaniatis) October 1, 2020
Representatives Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, faulted the administration for failing to seek the advice of with Congress on setting the refugee ceiling earlier than the tip of the fiscal yr as required by regulation.
“The administration’s violations will bring our refugee program to a halt, leaving thousands stranded abroad with their lives at risk,” Nadler stated.
“This time, refugees – including many who served alongside our troops – will be the victims of the Trump administration’s lawless approach,” Nadler stated in a assertion issued September 30.
Timing of the refugee announcement is tied by a 1980 refugee regulation to the price range, or fiscal yr, which runs from October 1 to September 30 of the next calendar yr.