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POTUS issues EO 13888, limiting refugee resettlement to states and localities consenting to receive refugees

  1. Original Date Announced

    September 26, 2019

    The President, through Executive Order 13888, directs the State Department and Health and Human Services to develop a plan, within 90 days, providing that refugees will only be resettled in states and localities that have consented in writing to receive refugees. [ID #106]

    Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement
  2. Effective Date

    September 26, 2019
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    February 4, 2021

    Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration

    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On 2/4/21, President Biden issued an Executive Order revoking certain past presidential actions on refugee admissions and resettlement (including Presidential Memorandum 13888 of September 26, 2017) and directing government agencies to take steps to improve the refugee program; including to create a plan to address processing backlogs, to complete a review of the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa programs, and to submit a report on climate change and its impact on migration.

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Current Status

Not in effect
February 4, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Action: Presidential Orders
Subject Matter: Refugees

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • September 14, 2015

    Under previous administrations, the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) has coordinated the admission and allocations of refugees to specific cities and resettlement agencies, in conjunction with national voluntary agencies that oversee a network of some 250 affiliates in 49 states plus the District of Columbia through the Reception & Placement Program. The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement has been tasked with ensuring refugees are placed in locations where there are appropriate services and resettlement conditions but there were no geographic limitations on where refugees were resettle internally within the United States.

    The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program – an Overview

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