Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 26th, 2017
The New York Times reported that Kelly made a comment about how many refugees would come into America if it were his decision. The comment came during a meeting where members of the Trump administration debated lowering the cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country.
White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly told other members of the Trump administration that if it were up to him the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. would be between zero and one.
President Trump eventually decided to lower the refugee cap to 45,000.
While conservatives complain that is still too high, the 45,000 maximum that Trump has allowed are the lowest levels since the Reagan administration, when the Refugee Act was passed.
Officials stressed that this number represents the maximum number of refugees possible under the administration’s new vetting standards.
White House staffers said that Kelly’s comment is an example of his similarities with Trump.
“Kelly has been an enabler of Trump’s mission,” Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration. Judge him that way.”
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