US refugee ban: refugee admissions won't be suspended until July 12

The US State department said today that arrivals can continue until July 12, when a cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the current fiscal is expected to be reached.

Published: 07th July 2017 12:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th July 2017 12:34 AM   |  A+A-

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON: The State Department says the US refugee admissions program won't be suspended until next week and has told resettlement agencies to continue scheduling arrivals through then.

The department said today that arrivals can continue until July 12, when a cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the current fiscal is expected to be reached. Once the cap is hit, only refugees with a close relationship with a person or business in the United States will be eligible for admission.

As of this morning, admissions for fiscal 2017 stood at 49,501.

After the Supreme Court last month partially upheld the Trump administration's travel ban for citizens of six mainly Muslim countries and portions of a suspension in refugee admissions, resettlement agencies were initially told to schedule arrivals only through July 6.

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