SPERO: While the limit on the number of refugees entering the United State has been reached, if the United Nations has its way, more can be expected. While the Trump administration set a limit of 50,000 refugees entering the U.S., the number of refugees worldwide recently hit a historical high of 65.5 million, according to the UN. Because the United States is a member of the UN, it is continuously under pressure to accept more.
The refugee cap set by the current administration was reached on July 12, but because of a Supreme Court ruling last month, more refugees can still enter if they can prove close familial ties to persons already living in the country. As a result of the high court’s ruling on Trump’s travel ban executive order, according to the State Department, as of July 13, persons who have a “credible claim to a bona fide relationship” to a person or an entity in the country will be eligible for admission.
An interagency group within the federal government define “bonafide relationship” for the purposes of admitting refugees on the basis of the Immigration and Nationality Act. However, there are advocacy groups that are going to court to re-define which persons may be admitted. In any event, when the new fiscal year begins on October 1, the current cap of 50,000 will presumably be applied to the following months. There is no way to know how many refugees will actually enter the country because there is no way to predict how a re-definition of close familial relationship will affect the exact total.
Every year, the president sets the limit for the entry of refugees. Barack Obama increased the number from 85,000 to 110,000 in 2016. Trump has cut that down. MORE