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Trump Administration to Cap Refugee Admissions at 45,000

President Donald Trump told Congress on Wednesday that the administration would cap the number of refugees admitted into the United States at 45,000, the Hill reports. That figure marks a nearly 50 percent decrease from fiscal year 2016, when the Department of Homeland Security resettled 85,000 refugees.

The cap is also the lowest set since 1980, when Ronald Reagan established a ceiling of 67,000 refugees.

Stephen Miller, one of the president's top policy advisers, reportedly recommended the U.S. not admit more than 15,000 refugees; the Departments of State and Defense suggested the cap be set at 50,000.