The one year anniversary of the Trump administrations “travel ban” (first iteration) is approaching. The bugled role out of the executive order caused tremendous chaos at airports and border areas. The inherent racism of the order engendered a tremendous backlash against the policy as seen by the massive number of protests at airports and other venues soon after it was announced. A third iteration of the travel ban has partially gone into effect but the issue is still tied up in the courts. In September the Trump administration set the cap for refugee admissions for the upcoming fiscal year at 45,000 the lowest level since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980. This is already a criminally low number considering the world is still in the midst of a global refugee crisis but the Trump administration is not even on target to hit that already paltry number. The Refugee Admissions Report as of December 31st, 2017 shows that in October, November, and December of last year the Trump administration admitted 1,248, 1,858, and 2,217 refugees respectively. This averages to 1,774 per month and if one extrapolates that out for the next nine months that would bring the total number of refugees admitted to 21, 288. This is not only well below the 45,000 ceiling but would also be the fewest refugees admitted since 1977 and even fewer then 2002 and 2003 when the refugee admission process was revamped after 9/11 and became much more stringent.
This is shameful. There is no security reason for this, nor is it driven by lack of demand since, as I keep repeating – the world is in the midst of a fucking global refugee crisis! The Trump Administration’s anti-refugee policy is just one plank of its broader anti-immigrant platform which is just barely concealed white nationalism. I know there is a segment of America that will cheer these policies but I also believe there is a greater segment that feels this is shameful. If the very few people who end up reading this want to help out please consider donating your time or money to one of your local refugee service agencies. There are plenty out there and I am sure they could use your support.