President Trump Lowers 2021 Refugee Cap

Accepted asylum seekers set at record low of 15,000.

Late Wednesday, the State Department, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services submitted the President’s Report to Congress on the Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021.

The report acknowledged that the United States expects to receive more than 300,000 refugee and asylum claims in fiscal 2021, which began October 1. Of those claims, the administration said it will accept 15,000 — a 3,000 drop from fiscal 2020.

In a statement, the State Department said, “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.”

Roughly 9,000 refugees were accepted into the U.S. for the fiscal year just ended, although that number does not include any received in September. President Trump suspended admitting refugees between March and July due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980, America has admitted more than 3 million refugees, according to the State Department.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for members of the State Department, Homeland Security, and others in determining who will be granted refugee status in the U.S.
  • For those who are experiencing hardship worldwide who may seek refuge in the U.S.
  • For President Trump as his administration continues to address the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Sources: Washington Examiner, CNN


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