The United States will begin accepting new refugees on Oct. 1, and the administration is urging Americans to consider the impact of the visa-free travel program.
| The Associated Press | Oct. 19, 2021 08:05:12When it comes to the new refugees, we can count on you to be our guide, said Secretary of State Tom Shannon at a news conference.
“You will see the impact, and we have been in constant communication with our partners,” he said.
“I am not asking for the nation to wait.
I am asking for your help to make sure that you are not overwhelmed by the challenges of this new reality,” Shannon said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it will be accepting about 5,500 new refugees by the end of 2021.
That’s a slight decrease from the 10,000 it accepted in fiscal year 2018.
The number of people seeking asylum has dropped significantly from 2016, as more people have found jobs in the United States.
Shannon said the Trump administration is “continuing to invest in the ability of refugees to integrate in the American economy.”
Trump and his administration have struggled to convince Americans to support their policy of allowing people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children to be resettled.
The U.N. refugee agency says more than 1 million people were living in the country illegally in 2020, about 8 percent of the U