The Government of Donald Trump has announced a new reduction in the quota of refugees admitted to the United States with a limit of 15,000 people in 2021, a record low with which seeks to strengthen its tough immigration policy ahead of the presidential election in November. The State Department made this announcement on Wednesday night, half an hour before the start of the 2021 budget year on October 1, respecting the deadline established by law.
In the next 12 months, a maximum of 15,000 refugees may be admitted to the country – unless there is a change of government – compared to 18,000 refugees authorized the previous year. The figure fell to its lowest level and represents a tiny amount compared to the 100,000 people taken in annually during the administration of the previous president, Democrat Barack Obama.
The Republican Trump, who aspires to a second term and who has made the fight against immigration one of its priorities, has already suspended refugee admissions for months this year, under the pretext of the covid-19 pandemic. In presenting the measure, the State Department has argued that the United States seeks to help refugees “as close to their homes as possible” so that they can return.
“By focusing first on ending the conflicts that come with displacement and by providing humanitarian aid abroad to protect and assist displaced people, we can prevent destabilizing effects of these displacements in the affected countries and their neighbors, “he said in a statement.
Refugee advocates had pleaded with the Trump administration to increase admissions, in the face of global conflicts and the new instability that caused the pandemic. “The action of the president it’s disappointing but not surprising“said Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International.” It is part of a general strategy of scaremongering and denigration of refugees, “added Schwartz, who was in charge of refugee policy under Obama.
Manar Waheed of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has noted that Trump I was trying to pulverize the immigration systems “to stop them and ensure that black and brown immigrants have no refuge in our nation.”
The Democratic White House candidate, Joe Biden, pledged to increase the number of refugees admitted to 125,000, claiming that the reception of persecuted people is part of American values. The Trump campaign ran ads claiming that Biden’s position on refugees showed that it was “weak” and that people would be arriving from “dangerous” places.