US Resumes Refugee Admissions After 5 Months Pause

Refugee admissions to the US are starting up again after a five-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The administration’s decision to halt refugee admissions in March came after the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations refugee agency announced a temporary suspension of resettlement travel.

The State Department says refugee admissions will come with “significant COVID health measures in place.”

Meanwhile, 52 large companies including Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have signed a court filing criticizing the Trump administration’s recent restrictions on visas that let immigrants temporarily work in the United States.

The administration says the restrictions were the result of high unemployment from the pandemic. The companies say the limits keep businesses from finding the best talent.

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