US President Trump intends to reduce the number of refugees to a new record
The Trump administration announced a plan to admit only 15,000 refugees in the United States of America in the New Year 2021, setting a new low in the history of the immigration program.
The US State Department said that the proposal reflects the priority given to Americans in terms of well-being, especially in light of the spread of the Corona pandemic.
Trump took a tough stance towards legal and illegal immigration during his presidency, and worked to settle refugees in areas near their countries of origin, and that the United States of America provides asylum to thousands of people annually.
Some have criticized Trump's policy in this regard, saying that the United States of America has abandoned its principle as a safe haven for persecuted people and that reducing the acceptance of refugees would undermine US foreign policy goals.
The proposal includes specific quotas for refugees who suffer or fear persecution because of religion, refugees from Iraq who have helped the United States, as well as refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Cuba and Venezuela.
Joe Biden, Trump's Democratic challenger in the November 3 presidential election, has pledged to increase the number of refugees to 125,000 annually if he wins.