The US reduces the entry of 15,000 refugees from the 300,000 asylum applications it anticipates for 2021

The White House Government has presented this Tuesday to the United States Congress the latest report from President Donald Trump, regarding the admission of refugees for the next fiscal year and from him a historic reduction in the number of applicants is subtracted. of asylum that the authorities have estimated at 15,000 of the 300,000 they estimate they will receive.

Since 1980, under the administration of Democrat Jimmy Carter, such small figures were not considered, after that year only 18,000 instances were processed. In his first four years in office, Trump allowed in about 53,000 refugees, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.

The State Department notes that this reduction “reflects the continued commitment” of the Trump Administration “to prioritize the safety and well-being of Americans, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In turn, Washington has assured that it seeks to “put an end to the conflicts” that these migrations cause and affirms that its “diplomatic solutions to the crises throughout the world” are focused on preventing the “destabilizing effects” of these displacements, putting as For example, “support for the legitimate Government of Venezuela in the face of the tyranny” of President Nicolás Maduro.

In this report, it is detailed that the number of refugees from Iraq will not be able to exceed 4,000, while El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will see their requests reduced to 1,000. The rest of the vacancies are for those at risk of suffering persecution for their religious or political ideas, citing, in the latter case, places such as Cuba, Venezuela, or Hong Kong.

Similarly, “people from certain high-risk areas with a presence or under terrorist control, such as Somalia, Syria, or Yemen, will not be admitted as refugees, except those with special humanitarian concern.”

“We are working to help refugees and other displaced people as close to their homes as possible until they can return safely and voluntarily,” says the State Department statement, which figures at $ 9 billion (more than $ 7.6 billion). euros) humanitarian assistance allocated in 2019.


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