US Passes Trump's 50K Refugee Limit

New arrivals must prove 'bona fide' US relationships
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2017 12:07 AM CDT
US Reaches 50K Refugee Limit
A 64-year-old Iraqi refugee listens to speakers at an Albuquerque rally in his honor on Monday, June 26, 2017.   (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

The US has reached the Trump administration's limit of 50,000 refugees for this budget year. That won't stop some additional refugees from entering the United States in the next few months, but they will now face tighter standards, the AP reports. A Supreme Court order last month said the administration must admit refugees beyond the 50,000 cap if they can prove a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. That was part of a broader ruling that allowed President Trump to partially administer his contested travel ban affecting six Muslim majority countries.

As of Wednesday, 50,086 refugees have been admitted since the budget year began last October. All those refugees have to undergo a strict screening process. Additional refugees will face the same screening, but will also need to prove they have a close relative living in the US, a job awaiting them, or admission to a college or university. The additional requirements are supposed to be in place for 120 days while the government examines security and screening procedures. But a new cap will take effect before then, when the new budget year begins in October, and everything is subject to change after the Supreme Court hears arguments on the travel and refugee bans that month. (More refugees stories.)

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