During a meeting last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official floated a radical cap for the number of refugees to be accepted into the country next year: zero.
According to a Politico report, DHS representatives at the meeting countered with a cap in the 3,000 to 10,000 range.
The Trump administration already slashed the cap by a third to 30,000 this year while also attempting to choke off asylum opportunities for migrants fleeing violence or devastating poverty.
The meeting, though still preliminary, displays the reach of White House adviser Stephen Miller’s influence — the hardliner has maintained significant sway in President Donald Trump’s orbit.