first_imgWASHINGTON – The United States (US) governmentsaid it will cut by almost half the number of refugees allowed into thecountry. It said 18,000 people will be accepted underthe government’s refugee program over the next 12 months – a record low.         President Donald Trump also signed anexecutive order allowing state and local governments to opt out of resettlingrefugees in their communities. The previous lowest admissions figure was in2002, after the 9/11 attacks, when about 27,000 refugees were allowed into theUS.  The US Refugee Admissions Program was set upin 1980 when Congress passed the Refugee Act.(BBC)center_img In 2017, Trump set the limit for refugeesunder the US Refugee Admissions Program at 50,000, cutting it the next year to45,000 and to 30,000 for this year. Places will be reserved for Iraqis, persecutedreligious minorities and asylum seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and ElSalvador. The United States says it will prioritize refugees from persecuted religious minorities, adding it will cut by almost half the number of refugees allowed into the country. REUTERSlast_img read more