Donald Trump: US to slash refugee intake to 45,000

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The Trump administration has defended its decision to sharply curtail the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 45,000 next year, as global humanitarian groups decried the move and said the number was far too low.

The 45,000 cap, to be formally announced by President Donald Trump in the coming days, reflects the maximum the US will admit during the fiscal year that starts on Sunday (local time), although the actual number allowed could be far lower.

Raun 4dEven if the cap is ultimately hit, it would reflect the lowest admissions level for the US in more than a decade.

Lowering the cap reflects Mr Trump’s opposition to accepting refugees and other immigrants into the US, an approach that has already driven down refugee…

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