The Trump administration is working hard to cut the abuse out of the refugee program, including a new regulation to stop migrants posing as refugees from coming to the country if they have already passed through a second “safe” country. Ted Hesson reports at Politico (abridged):
The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero.
The possible move comes after the Trump administration cut refugee admissions by a third this year, to 30,000.
If the administration shuts down refugee admissions, it would give President Donald Trump a powerful talking point as he makes immigration restrictions a centerpiece of his reelection campaign.
But even as Trump officials weigh dramatically cutting refugee admissions, the administration also has sought to greatly reduce the availability of asylum.
A sweeping regulation issued this week would block migrants who pass through another country en route to the U.S. from seeking asylum.
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