‘People will die’, Obama official warns, after Trump slashes refugee numbers

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Bob Carey, who oversaw refugee resettlement under Obama, says Trump administration’s new limit will have dire consequences

A former senior government official who oversaw refugee resettlement under Barack Obama warned that the Trump administration’s decision to slash the refugee admissions cap to a record low could have fatal consequences.

Bob Carey, the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) under the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017, told the Guardian the new limit of 30,000 refugees per year and the Trump administration’s justification for the cap was “a new low in our history”.

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