President Trump recently signed a new executive order allowing refugee admissions into the U.S. to resume. He had ordered a halt to refugee admissions in an order signed shortly after he took office. That order has now expired.
The Trump administration announced a permanent replacement for its controversial travel ban on Sunday, and this one restricts entry from eight countries: Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea. Sudan, which was included in both previous versions of the ban, was excluded from the new ban.
In a recent presentation to refugee organizations, the State Department announced that the Trump Administration has decided to end the Central American Minors program, or CAM. The CAM program allowed minor children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to enter the U.S. legally as refugees.
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has just issued a highly critical report condemning widespread detention of asylum seekers and other immigrants by the U.S. The group described immigrant detention in the U.S. as having "grown exponentially" despite the fact that it is often in violation of international law.