Trump Administration Wants To Accept Zero Refugees Into The Country Next Year

TOPSHOT - Security personal stand before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults, June 21, 2018 in T... TOPSHOT - Security personal stand before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults, June 21, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. - President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border June 20, 2018, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community. The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 19, 2019 8:43 a.m.
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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.

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