President Donald Trump is reportedly considering reducing the number of refugees who are allowed into the country to less than 50,000, which would be the lowest number since 1980, The New York Times reports.
Several senior Trump officials, including senior adviser Stephen Miller, want the President to lower the limit on the number of refugees he set at the start of his term in January.
Advisers are reportedly urging Trump to alter the quota as the deadline to set the number of refugees who are allowed to enter the U.S. draws closer. The President is required to set a new number each year on October 1 under the Refugee Act of 1980, The Hill writes.
The U.S. set the limit at 50,000 in July, four months before that number would reset in October. The decision also comes as the Supreme Court ruled to indefinitely lift any restrictions on Trump’s travel ban on refugees coming from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The court granted the Trump administration a major victory by allowing a limited version of the ban to be implemented in July. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the legality of the ban next month.