Sep 17, 2018 - Politics & Policy

U.S. reduces refugee ceiling to 30,000 for 2019

Close up of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. will limit refugee admission to 30,000 in 2019, down from 45,000 in 2018. When Trump took office, the refugee cap stood at 110,000.

The big picture: It's the smallest cap placed on the refugee program since it was created in 1980.

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