By Steve Neavling
President Trump has not fulfilled his campaign pledge to ban all refugees that could be perceived as threatening from entering the country, but he’s considering a drastic step to reduce the numbers.
The New York Times reports the administration may reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States to under 50,000, the lowest number since at least 1980.
By comparison, President Barack Obama said 110,000 refugees should be admitted into the country in 2016.
The Times reports that some in the administration, including Stephen Miller, want the number to be even lower than 50,000.
The Times wrote:
The issue has created an intense debate within the administration, with Mr. Miller and some officials at the Department of Homeland Security citing security concerns and limited resources as grounds for deeply cutting the number of admissions, and officials at the National Security Council, the State Department and the Department of Defense opposing a precipitous drop.
No final decision has been made, according to the officials, but as the issue is being debated, the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the administration to bar almost any refugees from entering the country while it considers challenges to the travel ban order. The court will hear arguments in the case next month.