Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to refugee advocates. Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting to come to the United States.
Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost.
Family detention centers run by the country’s two largest for-profit
prison operators are set to become some of Texas’s biggest child-care
providers, following a recent state appeals court decision. Under the
ruling, the centers—which have been accused of enabling sexual abuse and
allowing children to die in their care—will receive the same type of
licenses granted to the state’s daycares, potentially enabling them to
detain children indefinitely.
The US is going to start forcing asylum-seekers who try
to enter the US without papers to wait in Mexico for their asylum claims
to be processed, instead of allowing them to enter the United States
first. A senior administration official described the policy as
“one of the most significant border security developments in decades” on
a call with reporters Thursday.