Trump frequently spoke on the campaign trail about slowing down the number of refugees coming into the United States. He promised to cut the number and so far he has delivered more than expected.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Trump beats promise to cut new refugees, down 66% from Obama
The Trump administration beat the president’s goal of trimming new refugee admissions from the 100,000 brought in by former President Obama, slashing the population by 66 percent.
In fact, for the first time, the U.S. resettled fewer refugees than the rest of the world, but still more than another other country.
New data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees showed that the U.S. took in 33,000 refugees last year, down from 97,000 under Obama, who had pushed to raise the ceiling to 110,000.
President Trump vowed to reverse that flow, raising concerns that refugees were not being vetted well by the United Nations. He pushed to cut refugees to 45,000 a year.
The majority of refugees to the U.S. come from the Middle East and Africa. But U.S. generosity is not met by wealthy nations in that region, such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait, who refuse to take in the refugees. And while the U.S. and Europe are criticized by the U.N. for not doing more, little anger is directed at those Middle Eastern nations.
Trump is keeping his promises. It will be one of the keys to his reelection in 2020.