In this Sept. 29, 2018 photo, Hadi Mohammed sits with his 9 year old son Mohammed Ghaleb, as he displays a photo of his son as a baby in Baghdad, in their Lincoln, Neb. apartment. Death threats drove Hadi Mohammed out of Iraq and to a small apartment in Nebraska, where he and his two young sons managed to settle as refugees. But the danger hasn’t been enough to allow his wife to join them. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Trump refugee policy leaves thousands stranded outside US

October 07, 2018 - 8:42 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of refugees entering the U.S. has fallen to historic lows.

The U.S. admitted 22,491 refugees in the budget year that ended Sept. 30. That's one-quarter of the number allowed to enter two years ago and the lowest since Congress passed a law in 1980 creating the modern resettlement system.

That's less than half the maximum the Trump administration had said it would allow. For the budget year that's just begun, the ceiling is capped at 30,000. That compares with 85,000 in 2016.

There were 140 Iraqis accepted during the just-ended budget year, down from 6,886 the year before.

Part of the reason for the slowdown is tighter security that administration officials say is necessary for U.S. safety and security.

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