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Supreme Court is giving permission for the refugee ceiling to be surpassed for first time

Article author: 
Ann Corcoran
Article publisher: 
Refugee Resettlement Watch
Article date: 
July 10, 2017
Article category: 
National News
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Article Body: 
Here is what we know:
 
~The President sets the CEILING for refugee admissions each year (the ceiling is a cap!).
 
Supremes have re-written refugee law!
 
~President Obama set the ceiling for FY17 at 110,000 in his final months in office (he never set a ceiling that high in his previous 7 years).
 
~Donald Trump’s EO reset it at 50,000.
 
~As of today we are at 49,803 according to Wrapsnet.
 
~The Supreme Court confirmed the 50,000 with a caveat.  Anyone who could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a relative in the US or to an “entity” could come in above the 50,000 cap.
 
~I contend that with that stipulation, the Supreme Court has taken it upon itself to rewrite refugee law because there is a mechanism in the Refugee Act to go above the cap, but it sure doesn’t involve the courts.  The President must determine that there is an emergency and he must consult with Congress—not the courts—to go above the ceiling.
 
Where are they?
 
Tomorrow or the next day, we will cross the 50,000 mark. Have we ever surpassed a refugee ceiling?
 
I wanted to know if we have ever gone above the ceiling and so I did some research and this is what I learned:
 
Since 1983 (over 30 years!), no President has exceeded the ceiling, but many of them came in way below the ceiling previously set....
 

 

 
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