U.S. raises refugee ceiling to 110,000

By: Hannah Paige Michels ~Head Photo Editor~ President Barack Obama raised his refugee intake goal from 85,000 to 110,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This increase is the largest refugee intake since Clinton’s administration raised the ceiling to 112,000 in the fiscal year of 1995. While the 30 percent increase has outraged conservatives, the goal still falls short of supporters’ expectations for the refugee program, as they have been urging the administration to take as many as 200,000 displaced people. With an estimated 65.3 million people forcibly displaced by war, sectarian conflict and persecution in 2015, … Continue reading U.S. raises refugee ceiling to 110,000