Figure of 45,000 is lowest requested by a president in over three decades and less than half the 110,000 cap issued by Obama in 2016

Donald Trump intends to cap America’s annual refugee admissions at a historic low , marking the administration’s latest crackdown on immigrants from some of the world’s most vulnerable groups.

A US state department report seen by the Guardian shows that the administration has briefed congress it will admit just 45,000 refugees in 2018, the lowest number requested by any president in over three decades and less than half the 110,000 cap issued in the last year of the Obama administration.

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