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Trump’s refugee cap puts US credibility and security at risk

The Trump administration has taken a cavalier approach to the world’s most vulnerable and persecuted, writes International Rescue Committee president David Miliband. With the largest refugee crisis in history underway, the White House last week proposed an admissions cap of an all-time low in America’s resettlement program. But the administration “can still do right by accelerating the pace of arrivals.”

David Miliband is president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian relief organization. He is a former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. The opinions expressed here are his own. Read more opinion at CNN.

(CNN) Before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, President Donald Trump was legally bound to decide how many of the world’s 26 million refugees will be offered one of the prized and rare places in America’s refugee resettlement program. For refugees admitted, the program is their chance to begin their lives anew. And for America it is an opportunity to live out its commitment to be a beacon to the world’s most vulnerable and persecuted.

US decisions in this area have led the world — for better and for worse — and there is no shortage of deserving cases of people fleeing persecution, from Syria to Hong Kong to El Salvador. However, last Wednesday’s White House submission to Congress proposed a refugee cap of an all-time low of 15,000. President Trump has yet to sign this new Presidential Determination…

Opinion by David Miliband

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