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Thursday 21 of January 2021

U.S. Says Refugee Admissions Won't be Suspended Until July 12


The vigil is in support of travelers affected by the executive order restricting travel from seven primarily Muslim countries,photo: AP/Chris Carlson
The vigil is in support of travelers affected by the executive order restricting travel from seven primarily Muslim countries,photo: AP/Chris Carlson
A cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the current fiscal is expected to be reached

WASHINGTON – The State Department says the U.S. refugee admissions program won’t be suspended until next week and has told resettlement agencies to continue scheduling arrivals through then.

The department said Thursday that arrivals can continue until July 12, when a cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the current fiscal is expected to be reached. Once the cap is hit, only refugees with a close relationship with a person or business in the United States will be eligible for admission. As of Thursday morning, admissions for fiscal 2017 stood at 49,501.

After the Supreme Court last month partially upheld the Trump administration’s travel ban for citizens of six mainly Muslim countries and portions of a suspension in refugee admissions, resettlement agencies were initially told to schedule arrivals only through July 6.

MATTHEW LEE