US announces drastic reduction in number of refugees
US announces drastic reduction in number of refugees allowed within the country.
The Ministry of External Affairs has said that more than 18,000 people will be resettled next year.
This is the lowest number in the history of the refugee resettlement program. This year, that number is estimated at 30,000.
The Trump administration says many of the available space will be allocated to the U.S. military for supporting Iraqis as well as for persecuted religious minorities.
Human rights organizations have criticized the move.
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would remove state government and local government from refugee resettlement.
The order will ensure the relocation of refugees to a community prepared and ready for resettlement and will assist in their successful integration into American society.
The Trump administration has made the issue of cutting immigrants a top priority.
In the US Refugee Admissions Program, from 2017 he reduced the number of refugee and made to 50,000.
In the years that followed, that number was decreased to 45,000 and 30,000.
The United States had previously cut dramatically the number of refugees in 2002 after the September attacks in 2001. At that time the number had been decreased
Those seeking asylum by entering the U.S. through Mexico’s southern border have issued a statement adding to their “excessive burden,” officials said.
“Before the large number of refugees are ready to provide resettlement, the burden on the US immigration system must be reduced,” the US State Department said.
There will be set for those who work in the US military except Iraqi citizens.
The location for the suffering religious minorities will be guaranteed 5,000 places, while those seeking refuge from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador will be separated by a 1500.
“It’s a sad day for America,” said David Millivand, head of the nonprofit group International Rescue Committee.
“This decision has further damaged the US leadership in protecting vulnerable people around the world. It has no basis in logic or necessity, and it damages American interests and undermines its values and beliefs. ”
Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants Rights Project, said the unilateral catalyst for the government’s withdrawal from the US national commitment to provide protection for those seeking protection from persecution, torture and genocide.