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Trump administration eyes lowering refugee quota dramatically

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President Donald Trump meets with Democratic and Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Josh Gottheimer (L) (D-NJ) and Rep. Tom Reed (R) (R-NY), in the Cabinet Room of the White House on September 13, 2017. Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Trump administration is considering cutting the number of refugees that are allowed to come to the country.

Under the Obama administration, the number of refugees admitted to the country stood at 110,000 in 2016. The Trump White House is contemplating lowering the number to as low as 40,000, as reported by the New York Times. President Trump has until October 1 to make a decision on the quota.

In a related matter, the Trump White House is also weighing whether to extend a provision called “temporary protected status” for a number of refugees who have come to the U.S. from selected countries to escape turmoils like armed conflicts and natural disasters.

Guests:

Michele Garnett McKenzie, deputy director and director of advocacy at The Advocates for Human Rights based in Minnesota, a nonprofit human rights organization that works on immigration and refugee issues; she is also an immigration lawyer

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies; he tweets @MarkSKrikorian

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