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A new low

Immigration | U.S. refugee turnabout is cruel and unusual
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/10/19, 01:20 pm

The Trump administration has announced a new ceiling for refugees admitted to the United States, starting with the new fiscal year Oct. 1. For 2020 the maximum number allowed will be 18,000 refugees, slashing a ceiling that for 40 years has averaged 95,000.

Historically the United States does not meet its own admissions ceiling, and it’s hard to see the Trump administration reaching even this new low. In 2018 with a ceiling of 45,000 refugees, admissions stood at 22,500, and admissions in 2019 will number about the same.

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U.S. bans trade with Chinese surveillance firms

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/08/19, 11:13 am

The United States late Monday blacklisted several Chinese companies that make surveillance technology used to persecute religious minorities. The Commerce Department barred 28 companies from buying technology from U.S. businesses without government approval.

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An app in exile

Persecution | WeDevote is China’s most popular Bible app, but Communist officials keep trying to shut it out of the country
by June Cheng
Posted 9/26/19, 05:10 pm

In July, a 6-year-old Chinese Bible app called WeDevote marked a major milestone: 10 million installations. With its slick design, respect for copyrights, and curated Bible reading plans and devotionals, WeDevote stands apart from other Bible applications for smartphones and tablets available in China.

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