Senate Democrats Demand Trump Import at Least 80K Refugees a Year

Illustrative: South Sudanese refugees line up to fill their plastic containers with water from a tap at the Imvepi reception center, where newly arrived refugees are processed before being allocated plots of land in nearby Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, in northern Uganda,, June 9, 2017.
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A group of Senate Democrats and a handful of establishment Senate Republicans are demanding President Trump import at least 80,000 foreign refugees every year.

In a letter signed by 21 Senators — including Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) — Trump is requested to import nearly four times as many foreign refugees to the United States next year instead of the less than 22,500 refugees that are expected to be admitted.

The Senators complain in the letter that last year, the U.S. brought in only about 22,500 refugees:

The global community currently faces one of the largest refugee crises the world has seen. More than 25 million around the world have fled their homes and countries due to war, famine, and persecution. These are some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals, and more than half of them are children. [Emphasis added]

Yet in Fiscal Year 2018, the U.S. resettle only 22,491 refugees, in stark contrast to the annual average of more than 80,000 refugees resettled per year since the enactment of the 1980 Refugee Act. [Emphasis added]

The Senators say that reducing inflows of refugees to the U.S. “threaten the position” of the U.S. around the world, though the lawmakers do not mention the national security risks to Americans associated with large foreign populations using refugee resettlement to enter the country.

“We urge the Trump administration to reconsider [reducing the inflow of refugees] and instead reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to a robust refugee admissions program,” the Senators conclude.

As Breitbart News reported, 61 House Democrats signed a similar letter in which they demanded Trump import five times the number of foreign refugees being admitted to the country. The House Democrats request that 110,000 refugees be admitted to the U.S. every year, far more than the 22,5000 refugees that were admitted last year.

The Democrats’ plan is designed to aid the multiple refugee agencies that profit from high numbers of foreign refugees entering the country. The plan is also geared towards placating the party’s open borders base.

As Breitbart News reported, for fiscal year 2019, starting October 1, the Trump administration will not resettle more than 30,000 foreign refugees, the lowest refugee cap in nearly four decades. This is merely a cap for refugee resettlements and does not represent the number of refugees that the administration will resettle.

Since 2000, more than 1.5 million foreign refugees have been resettled across the U.S. — outpacing the population of Philadelphia. Also, there have been more than 4.1 million legal immigrants admitted to the U.S. from refugee-producing countries since 2000.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

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