Since 1975, the U.S. has admitted more than 3.3 million refugees, an average of 80,000 per year. From 2012 to 2015, the U.S. admitted 70,000 refugees per year, and in 2016, in response to the global refugee crisis, the U.S. admitted 85,000 refugees. President Obama raised the ceiling to 110,000 in FY17 to respond to a humanitarian crisis that has driven the number of refugees to the highest levels since the end of World War II. President Trump, however, suspended the program for four months in FY17 and reduced the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. In FY17 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017), the United States admitted 53,716 refugees and 19,233 Special Interest Visa holders.
Under U.S. law, the President has the authority to determine the number of refugees the United States will admit each year. Since taking office, President Trump has reduced the refugee admissions ceiling to 45,000 in Fiscal Year 2018, 30,000 in 2019, and 18,000 for fiscal year 2020. These refugee admissions numbers are the lowest in U.S. history.
While many organizations across the country have cut or reduced refugee programs, IINE continues to resettle refugees. In fact, we resettled a higher number of refugees in 2019 than we did in 2018. Additionally, IINE is in contact with many of the more than 7,000 former refugee clients we have resettled since 2007. Many routinely come to our offices for education, career and legal services.