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Immigration Official In US Suggests Refugee Admissions Will Remain Low

A US immigration official has suggested that Refugee Admissions Will Remain Low next year. On Thursday, Ken Cuccinelli, the US acting Citizenship and Immigration Services Director suggest that the number of refugees the US will take next year would remain low, this is as a result of the backlog of asylum claims. In an interview with CNN, Ken Cuccinelli said “I’d like to see us have a number low enough so we can handle asylum claims”. A refugee is totally different from an internally displaced person.

Who is a refugee?

Refugees are those who flee their countries by force due to fear of persecution, violence or war. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for the following reasons: race, religion, nationality, political or membership in a particular social group. However, they have the fear of returning home or they are not allowed to do so. Most of them flee their countries to seek asylum in other countries. War and ethics, tribal and religious violence are the most leading causes of refugee fleeing their countries.

Who is an internally displaced person?

An internally displaced person is also known as IDP. This is someone who has been forced to flee his or her home but never crosses an international border. These individuals are force to seek safety anywhere they can find it. They can seek safety in nearby towns, internal camps, settlements, schools, even forests and fields. IDPs are the largest group assisted by UNHCR. These include people displaced by internal strife and natural disasters. International law does not protect IDPs unlike refugees. IDPs are not qualified to receive many types of aid because they are legally under the protection of their own government.

Who is an asylum seeker?

People who flee their home country to seek sanctuary in other countries and apply for asylum. As an asylee, you will be given the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance. To be eligible for asylum, the individual must show that his or her fear of persecution in his or her home country is well-founded.

Refugee Admissions Will Remain Low – US Official

Donald Trump administration dramatically reduced the number of refugees allowed to be admitted to the United States – from 110,000 in fiscal year 2017 to 30,000 in fiscal year 2019. In a recent meeting with officials from various department, the Trump administration floated the possibility of admitting zero refugees next year. Refugee and resettlement groups were outraged at the reports that the administration was considering lowering refugee admissions even further next year.

The president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Irish O’Mara Vignarajah said in a statement last month “It is horrifying to think that the President can make a decision that will destroy a legacy of welcome that has been centuries in the making just by the stroke of a pen”.

According to Cuccinelli, he told CNN in an interview that he sees asylum and refugee admissions as part of the same “bucket” of humanitarian relief granted to people in the US. Refugees are granted relief outside of the US, whereas asylum seekers are already in the US. He said his main concern right now is trying to manage the crisis at the border for us and keep those asylum backlogs from growing.

Cuccinelli spoke to CNN at a special citizenship ceremony for children in Washington, where he led them in reading the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance. The refugee cap is determined by several departments and agencies, and approved by the President. Whereas the cap has often been viewed as a goal to be reached,the actual number of refugees admitted has fallen short. The administration had set the 2018 ceiling at 45,000 refugees, but only 23,000 were admitted, according to figures by the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center. In 2017, the US reached its cap of 50,000 refugees, according to the State Department.

President Donald Trump is expected to make a determination on refugee admissions before the start of the next fiscal year on October 1, according to the State Department. Cuccinelli left open the possibility that the refugee cap for fiscal year 2020 could again be 30,000. The decisions on refugee admissions come as the Trump administration has initiated numerous policies taking aim at immigration, including restricting asylum, moving forward on a plan to return asylum seekers to Central America and expanding procedures to speed up deportations.