How to handle Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ of foreigners in U.S. immigration program
The White House has rolled out a new policy that allows the president to waive a part of the annual budget caps that would force Americans to spend their government dollars on travel, lodging and other expenses.
The policy, first proposed in August, was designed to curb a series of attacks by the president on the nation’s diversity.
The administration said it will also allow more people to apply for federal benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which provides food assistance for low-income Americans.
Trump has said the waivers, which will expire at the end of the month, are necessary to address the influx of refugees.
But critics say they could put a drag on U.N. refugee resettlement, which is a key element of the administration’s plan to combat the pandemic.
Trump’s plan calls for an initial 120,000 refugees to be resettled in the U.K., Germany and Austria, followed by 60,000 per year in the next two years.
Trump is expected to announce the final resettlement plan during a speech on immigration later in the month.
In the wake of Trump’s executive order, the U,S.
and other nations have agreed to suspend the issuance of visas to travelers from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.
The United States, Russia and Britain have agreed not to accept any refugees until the ban on travel from those countries is lifted.
___ Associated Press writer Mark Sherman in Washington contributed to this report.