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The US has hit Trump's annual refugee cap of 50,000


Updated July 13, 2017 08:16 AM EDT

The U.S. has hit the Trump administration's limit on refugee admissions into the U.S. for the 2017 fiscal year, according to State Department data.

President Trump set a limit of 50,000 immigrant admissions for the 2017 fiscal year.

With nearly three months to go before the end of the government's fiscal year, the U.S. will soon hit its cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country.

Under President Trump, the number of refugee immigrants allowed into the country was cut by 41 percent, from 85,000 to 50,000. USA Today reported that the 85,000 refugees accepted during President Obama's last year in office was the lowest total in a decade.

"We are always looking for additional ways to enhance our screening, whether it be for visa applicants or if it’s for refugees," said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who noted that "Refugees are vetted pretty significantly, among the highest, in terms of people who are vetted to come into the United States,"

The Trump Administration has restricted immigration during the first six months of his presidency, saying the decrease in the number of people admitted is necessary to give intelligence agencies the time and space they need to properly review vetting processes.

"We are always looking for additional ways to enhance our screening, whether it be for visa applicants or if it's for refugees."
Heather Nauert, State Department

Trump has used a similar argument for his temporary travel ban, which scored a victory last week when the Supreme Court allowed some parts to go into effect. The policy will impose a 90-day travel ban on citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and the court will hear arguments in the fall.

As things stand, the Supreme Court has ordered the administration to continue accepting visa applicants and refugees who have a "bona fide" family connection to somebody in the U.S. That said, it's unclear how many people will actually qualify to enter as refugees.

Meanwhile, refugee groups have argued on moral grounds against the reduction in the number of refugees the U.S. takes in, as well as against the president's travel ban.

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