FY2021 began yesterday and continues through September 30th, 2021.
If Joe Biden is elected President in November he has already said he will up the admissions ceiling to 125,000.
See yesterday’s post for the final admissions number for FY2020.
Here is Newsmax on the decision (hat tip: Brenda):
Trump Slashes US Refugee Admissions to Record Low
President Donald Trump’s administration said late Wednesday the United States will admit a record low of no more than 15,000 refugees over the coming year despite surging global displacement, stepping up its hard line one month before elections.
The State Department announced the number just half an hour before the October 1 start of the 2021 fiscal year, narrowly meeting a deadline set by U.S. law following criticism from lawmakers.
The 15,000 figure — the maximum who can be admitted over the next 12 months barring a change in administration — is a further cut from 18,000 last year and down dramatically from more than 100,000 under previous president Barack Obama.
Trump, who has campaigned on fierce denunciations of immigration, already suspended refugee admissions entirely for several months this year citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Explaining the proposed new numbers, which need formal White House approval, the State Department said the United States wanted to help displaced people “as close to their homes as possible” until they can go back.
Trump doctrine: end wars in the Middle East and there won’t be so many refugees! Why didn’t Chris Wallace ask questions about that?
“By focusing on ending the conflicts that drive displacement in the first place, and by providing overseas humanitarian assistance to protect and assist displaced people, we can prevent the destabilizing effects of such displacement on affected countries and their neighbors,” a statement said.
Refugee advocates had pleaded with the Trump administration to raise admissions in the face of global conflicts and fresh instability due to the pandemic.
More here, and I will have more as the federal refugee resettlement contractors begin their wails and moans.
See my many posts on the lead up to the decision tagged FY2021.
Editor: As you have all heard as you woke up this morning, the President and First Lady have both tested positive for the Chinese virus. Pray for them and our country through this difficult time.