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        The Lowdown | Coming to America: A History of Refugee Resettlement Lesson Plan

        Since World War II, U.S policy toward refugees has changed from decade to decade, often motivated by shifting international priorities and domestic concerns. Today, as the worst refugee crisis in recent history unfolds as a result of conflicts in the Middle East, President Trump has significantly reduced the number of refugees the U.S. will admit this year from 110,000 to 50,000. The administration has voiced fears that terrorists from war-torn nations would pose as refugees. Refugee advocates counter that refugees are so well-vetted that it is extremely unlikely a terrorist would be granted asylum.

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