On Wednesday, the trump administration claimed that it would limit the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to about 45,000 in the next budget year, according to CNN. This number is less than half the number proposed by former President Barak Obama in the 2017 fiscal year, as he wanted to raise it to 110,000. If the decision goes into effect, this would be the lowest intake of refugees in a decade.

The US has taken many refugees in the framework of a resettlement law

Resettlement is defined as transferring the refugees from an asylum country to another which admits and grants them a permanent settlement, as the UN Refugee Agency explained.

Less than 1 percent of the world's refugees get the opportunity for the resettlement.

In 2016, the U.S. admitted 96,823 resettled refugees, while Canada admitted less than half that number, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) reported. The total refugee limit was set at 85,000 for the same fiscal year.

The Trump administration intends to re-shape the current U.S. immigration policy, according to the officials, who are in the process of the future-costs and possible-risks estimation. Several White House officials had sought to set the cap for 2018 to 15,000, including Stephen Miller, Trump's senior adviser for policy.

President Trump's position about the number of refugees

President Trump has two days to make a decision, as the new fiscal year will start on October 1.

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During his Tuesday speech to the UN, Trump said that America is a "compassionate nation" which spent "billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort." He noted that instead of allowing refugees in the U.S., he will assist migrants in their native regions, sending humanitarian assistance overseas.

Trump has recently limited the number of visitors to the U.S. from the major Muslim countries, putting efforts to stop terrorists from entering the United States as refugees. He also stood for the idea of placing refugees next to their home countries. Now, Germany accepts a higher number of refugees than the U.S. It has granted full refugee status to 1 million Syrians, Iranis, Iraqis, Afghanis, etc. since 2015.

David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said that the agency would stand for national security interests in setting the admissions ceiling.

Kelly Love, the White House aide, said that the Trump administration would be "guided by the safety and security of the American people, the protection of U.S. taxpayers, and the application of U.S. resources," CBS News reported.