In another unnecessarily harsh move, Trump has ordered refugee admissions for 2018 to be limited to 45,000. President Obama had raised the annual limit to 110,000 for 2017 so this move represents a dramatic decrease. In more than four decades, the annual limit on refugee admissions had never gone below 67,000. While the immigration debate often centers on how immigrants to the U.S. improve our economy and further the important national interest of family unity, it is also important to remember that our big-hearted country has historically been a safe haven for people who are persecuted in their home countries.
Timothy R. Bakken