Immigration Policy Brief: Refugee Resettlement in the Trump Era
For fiscal year 2019, President Donald Trump lowered the ceiling on refugee admissions to 30,000 — the lowest admissions ceiling since the modern resettlement program was created in 1980. From initial campaign promises to formal presidential declarations and executive orders, the Trump administration has dramatically downsized the refugee resettlement apparatus both domestically and internationally.
This Niskanen Policy Brief will explore those drastic changes, and the many challenges and opportunities within the current resettlement landscape. Furthermore, this brief will provide background on the resettlement system and provide recommendations for improving the program moving forward.
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