A pro-immigration enforcement organization is applauding the Trump administration for setting a new cap for foreign refugees allowed admittance into the United States.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. will reduce the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, setting the figure at 30,000 while stating the U.S. remains committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing dangerous and deadly situations in their countries.
The new figure is down from a cap of 45,000 this year, the lowest ceiling since the program began in 1980.
Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, says there is a "massive" backlog of asylum cases that are awaiting adjudication, which means the U.S. understands the "moral obligation" to help people but must protect the nation's national security, too.
Ray also cautions there is widespread asylum abuse in the U.S.
"Many people who ask for political asylum fail to ever show up for their hearing," he says, "and therefore the political asylum process for some has become a way to sidestep the nation's immigration laws and slip into the United States."