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CAIR Decries Trump Proposal to Cut Refugee Admissions for 2020 to Zero

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today denounced reports that the Trump administration is considering cutting refugee admissions for 2020 to zero.

According to three people close to the administration, a representative from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suggested setting the admissions cap at zero during a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week. Homeland Security Department officials proposed only slightly more: 3,000 to 10,000.

SEE: Trump officials pressing to slash refugee admissions to zero next year

During his first year in office, President Trump capped the number of refugees at a then historically-low 45,000, down from the target of 110,000 that President Barack Obama set before leaving office. In 2018, the cap was set at 30,000, the lowest in history.

Before last year, the admissions goal since 1980 averaged 95,000.

“This proposal is just the latest manifestation of Donald Trump’s white supremacist agenda that also includes the Muslim Ban, restrictions on asylum seekers, family separation, and attempts to roll back Temporary Protective Status,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “This administration is actively destroying almost 250 years of our country’s history as a nation built by refugees. Those who founded America would no longer be allowed in under this xenophobic policy.”

Last year, CAIR condemned the Trump administration’s resettlement target of 45,000.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Congress to Reject Trump’s New Low Refugee Resettlement Cap

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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