Rights groups appalled as Trump cuts US refugee admissions to record low

US state department says cap of 15,000 reflects priority of ‘safety and wellbeing of Americans, especially in light of Covid-19’

Donald Trump’s administration has announced plans to let only 15,000 refugees resettle in the United States in the 2021 fiscal year that began on Thursday, setting another record low in the history of the modern refugee program and prompting outrage from civil rights groups.

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