Chicago Refugee Resettlement Moves Forward Despite Federal Restrictions

Dahouk al-Omar, 68, an unregistered Syrian refugee in Lebanon who hopes she can join her son in Chicago, shows old pictures of her family members on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
Dahouk al-Omar, 68, an unregistered Syrian refugee in Lebanon who hopes she can join her son in Chicago, shows old pictures of her family members on Saturday, June 30, 2018. AP Photo/Hussein Malla
Dahouk al-Omar, 68, an unregistered Syrian refugee in Lebanon who hopes she can join her son in Chicago, shows old pictures of her family members on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
Dahouk al-Omar, 68, an unregistered Syrian refugee in Lebanon who hopes she can join her son in Chicago, shows old pictures of her family members on Saturday, June 30, 2018. AP Photo/Hussein Malla

Chicago Refugee Resettlement Moves Forward Despite Federal Restrictions

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The Trump administration has drastically reduced the number of refugees the U.S. accepts each year.

In fiscal year 2018, the U.S. allowed around 22,500 refugees into the country. That was a 60 percent drop from the last year of the Obama administration.

The shift in policy is complicating matters at RefugeeOne, the largest resettlement agency in Illinois.

Morning Shift checks in on refugee resettlement in the Chicago area.

GUEST: Jims Porter, policy and communications coordinator at RefugeeOne.