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Refugees are staying in Donald Trump's childhood home

Refugees are staying in Donald Trump's childhood home

"In the coming weeks, President Trump will announce his decision on the number of refugees the US will resettle in 2018".

On Monday, The New York Times (paywall) discovered the White House rejected a US Department of Health and Human Services study that found refugees brought in about $63 billion in additional government revenue over the past 10 years.

Refugees from three countries this week gathered in the childhood home of U.S. president Donald Trump and nibbled on Dunkin' Donuts. But research documenting their fiscal upside-prepared for a report mandated by Trump in a March presidential memorandum implementing his travel ban-never made its way to the White House.

"We are here today in the childhood home of President Trump to send a message to President Trump, but also world leaders, that they need to do more to help refugees", said Shannon Scribner, acting director for the humanitarian department of Oxfam America. "The actual report pursuant to the presidential memorandum shows that refugees with few skills coming from war-torn countries take more government benefits from the Department of Health and Human Services than the average population, and are not a net benefit to the USA economy".

"This leak was delivered by someone with an ideological agenda, not someone looking at hard data", White House spokesman Raj Shah told the Times in a statement.

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It has "never been more important for Americans to use their voice to let their government know that refugees are welcome here", Oxfam noted on its website.

When presented with the draft report, a number of administration officials who work on refugee-related issues were sent an internal email, the Times said, that read "senior leadership is questioning the assumptions used to produce the report", and another that said Miller had requested a meeting to discuss the report. Trump lived there for the first four years of his life.

The UN Refugee Agency found that at the end of 2016, 65.6 million people had been forcibly displaced around the world, the highest number since the agency's founding after World War II. They were there to talk to journalists about Trump's controversial travel ban blocking tourists and refugees from six majority-Muslim countries.

Trump, by contrast, has highlighted his goal of radically cutting refugee admissions.

"The actual report pursuant to the presidential memorandum shows that refugees with few skills coming from war-torn countries take more government benefits from the Department of Health and Human Services than the average population, and are not a net benefit to the US economy", Raj Shah said.