US extends says new cap on refugee admissions won't be implemented until 12 July

Washington: The State Department says the US refugee admissions program won't be suspended until next week and has told resettlement agencies to continue scheduling arrivals through then.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The department said on Monday that arrivals can continue until 12 July, when a cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the current fiscal is expected to be reached. Once the cap is hit, only refugees with a close relationship with a person or business in the United States will be eligible for admission.

As of this morning, admissions for fiscal 2017 stood at 49,501. After the Supreme Court last month partially upheld the Trump administration's travel ban for citizens of six mainly Muslim countries and portions of a suspension in refugee admissions, resettlement agencies were initially told to schedule arrivals only through 6 July.


Updated Date: Jul 07, 2017 08:07 AM

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