Trump Admin Defends New Refugee Cap Of 45,000 In Coming Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is defending its decision to dramatically curtail the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 45,000 next year, even as global humanitarian groups say it’s far too low.

U.S. officials say the new cap advances national security interests and reflects the country’s capacity to properly screen and take in refugees. They say new screening requirements will be announced later.

The officials briefed reporters on a conference call on condition of anonymity.

The 45,000 total is broken down into regions. Africa will receive the largest allotment, of 19,000 refugees. The U.S. will let in up to 17,500 from the Middle East and South Asia. Other allotments include 5,000 for East Asia, 2,000 for Europe and 1,500 for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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