Responding to reports that President Donald Trump may seek to cap U.S. refugee admissions at no more than 25,000 refugees for Fiscal Year 2019, the lowest goal in the history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, Ryan Mace, Grassroots Advocacy and Refugee Specialist at Amnesty International USA stated:
“The United States betrays both its values and long history of helping those escaping war, persecution, and horrific violence when it denies refuge to those for whom resettlement is the only option. The Administration’s policies are denying thousands of refugees a chance at a new life. Many refugees are also hoping to be reunified with their families here in the US – some of whom have waited years to see their family again.
“People across the United States are ready to stand with the global community in welcoming refugees as their neighbors, colleagues, classmates, families, and friends. The Administration’s policies continue to keep people in grave danger.”
Under the Trump Administration, the United States has drastically shrunk its refugee program over the last two fiscal years, with a devastatingly low refugee admissions goal of 45,000 refugees to be resettled in Fiscal Year 2018. As of the start of August, the U.S. has not even resettled 20,000 refugees, less than half of the goal the President set. States all over the country have seen drastic reductions in refugee arrivals.