The United States and Refugees

Photo taken by Geoff Livingston

The United States of America was established around democratic ideals. Democratic ideals such as liberty, self-government, individualism, and equality. Every single year refugees enter the United States in hopes of finding a better and safer environment. National Immigration Forum defines refugees as a “person outside of his or her nationality, who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on his or her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.” 

Each year, the President of the United States chooses the limit of the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. In 2020, the number was set to 18,000 individuals. And just recently, Donald Trump set the number to 15,000. This is the lowest limit that has ever been set since 1980. 

The real question is how will this affect refugee applicants in the coming year? The average process to obtain status is 2 years, will that number increase? Also, how will it affect funding for the Reception and Replacement State Program? Will funding be lowered? And finally, how will this issue affect the Presidential Election? 

Ultimately, only time will tell its full effect and consequences.

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