Americans Want Refugee Resettlement Cut to 25K or Less Annually, Survey Finds

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Most Americans want to see current refugee resettlement figures cut to at least 25,000 a year — or none at all — according to a new survey.

The latest Pulse Opinion Research survey showed widespread support for President Trump’s campaign promise to drastically cut the annual average of 63,000 foreign refugees being admitted to the U.S.

A reported 52 percent of respondents said they would like to see 25,000 or less refugees admitted to the U.S. per year. Of that 52 percent, 39 percent said the U.S. should “admit none and instead assist refugees in safe zones close to their home countries,” a proposal originally touted by Trump during the 2016 presidential election, but has yet to be enacted by the State Department.

A minority, 27 percent, said the U.S. should admit 100,000 refugees or more a year; while only 11 percent said they preferred 50,000 annually.

The Trump Administration set refugee resettlement numbers at 50,000 per year, though individuals with close family ties are not counted in that cap.

A popular, legal immigration-cutting bill, known as the RAISE Act by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), would limit refugee resettlement to 50,000 admissions a year, despite the latest poll on the issue showing a preference by most Americans to cut refugee admissions down even further.

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