Trump Administration to Reportedly Reduce Refugees Intake

The Trump administration will reportedly lower the number of refugees admitted to the United States during next year from 50,000 to somewhere in the 40,000 range, Axios reports. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke will head to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to speak with Congress before a final decision is made.

“The president’s strategy on refugees is guided first and foremost by the safety and security of the American people. The United States can also help a larger number of refugees by resettling them in their home region and enabling their eventual safe return home.” a White House official told Axios.

Tillerson reportedly signed off on a memo recommending Trump accept 45,000 refugees in the next fiscal year, while the Homeland Security recommended a slightly lower number, Axios adds.

“It isn’t about making America the permanent destination; it’s about helping to stabilize these places on the ground. You can’t stabilize a community by moving to Albany.” one unnamed source told Axios.

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