Far fewer refugees entering US despite travel ban setbacks

Somalian refugee Mohamoud Saed sits for a portrait in Clarkston, Ga., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Saed, who was a doctor in Somalia before he fled the nation’s civil war, anxiously awaits the arrival of his wife and eight children while struggling with kidney issues that he hopes could be solved with a transplant from one of his family members. The Saeds completed the lengthy refugee application process but never made the trip to the U.S. Their travel documents expired during legal wrangling over President Donald Trump’s executive orders to limit the refugee program and ban travel from several countries, including Somalia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Somali refugee Mohamoud Saed was elated when he learned that his wife and eight children had completed the lengthy refugee application process that would allow them to join him in the U.S., reuniting the family for the first time in seven years.

But the Saeds never made the trip to the Atlanta suburbs because their travel documents expired during the legal wrangling over President Donald Trump’s executive orders to limit the refugee program and ban travel from several countries, including Somalia. They are now living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, desperate for a permanent, peaceful home.

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The family’s case illustrates how Trump’s travel bans have caused the number of refugees coming into the U.S. to plummet in the last two months, despite his executive orders largely being blocked in the courts. The number of refugees arriving in the U.S. dipped to 2,070 in March, which was a six-year low except for a period in 2013 when the federal government was shut down. The figure was slightly higher in April, 3,200, but it was still much lower than the months preceding Trump’s order.

An executive order signed by Trump in January decreased the refugee limit from 110,000 to 50,000 this fiscal year, but the cap was not blocked in court until mid-March. That caused the State Department to tightly rein in monthly arrivals when the cap was in effect.

“This program simply can’t be turned on and off like a faucet,” said Erol Kekic, executive director of the Immigration and Refugee Program for Church World Service, one of the world’s largest resettlement organizations.

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