The administration of Donald Trump presented Thursday a drastic reduction in the quota of refugees hosted in the United States under their resettlement policy, to 18,000 in 2020 against 30,000 this year and nearly 85,000 in 2016.
"The current burden on the US immigration system needs to be eased before the US can resettle a large number of refugees again," the US State Department said in a statement.
This quota must now be discussed with Congress before being, except a huge surprise, confirmed by President Trump.
This is a new historic low since this resettlement program was created in 1980. This policy concerns refugees selected by US security and intelligence agencies in UN camps around the world to be resettled in the United States. United States, mostly among the most vulnerable such as the elderly, widows and the disabled.
"Our refugee quota must also take into account our national security and foreign policy interests," said the State Department.
"In recent years, the police have apprehended terrorists who have been through our refugee program," he said. "In addition, in order to serve the interests of US foreign policy, the refugee resettlement proposal" for fiscal year 2020 "provides for specific quotas for those persecuted for their religious faith, for Iraqis put in danger because of their assistance to the United States, and legitimate refugees from the countries of the North Triangle "which includes El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.