President on Thursday proposed slashing the quota for the country’s refugee resettlement program by almost half, to what would be the lowest level since the modern effort to protect people fleeing persecution and violence began.

The State Department said it would propose to be resettled in the country for the 2020 fiscal year. The White House set a cap of 30,000 people for the last fiscal year.

Under President , the level was set at 110,000 refugees during his final year in office ( were ultimately admitted under the program in 2016).

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said in a statement Thursday that, despite the lower figure, the United States remained “the

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