With the Trump administration’s new laws, the United States has apparently reached its immigration cap for the year this week: reaching 50,000 new immigrants this fiscal year.
Anyone else seeking to enter the country will be subject to approval. The new guidelines that the Trump administration has implementing require a lot of complicated paperwork to prove that each immigrant either has a job or a family waiting for them upon entering the country.
A supreme court ruling last month decided that the US must allow more refugees in, despite the 50,000 cap as first suggested by President Trump. However, a new measure will allow the US to apply tougher screening policies on any refugees coming in after the cap.
The Daily Mail reports:
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 United States, a job awaiting them, or admission to a college or university.
In the 2016 budget year, the U.S. admitted about 85,000 refugees, up from 70,000 the previous year.
The State Department, which oversees the refugee program, said yesterday that it had advised resettlement agencies that the current cap was reached, though anyone traveling to the U.S. would still be admitted.
The additional requirements are supposed to be in place for 120 days, while the government examines security and screening procedures that Trump suggested are not stringent enough.
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.
It is unclear what the new cap will be.
Trump set the refugee limit as part of the broader executive order that sought to keep out foreigners from Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
The first iteration of the order in January caused panic and confusion at airports in the U.S. and abroad as foreigners were either denied boarding for U.S.-bound flights or stopped at a U.S. airport and sent back overseas.