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FILE - An activist holds up a pro-refugee image during a demonstration outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Oct. 15, 2019.

The United States is taking in refugees once again, ending a pause in arrivals that lasted more than a month.

The State Department reports 199 people from 13 countries traveled to the U.S. on Tuesday.

"Refugee arrivals resumed Nov. 5. These travelers were in 'Ready for Travel' status as of Sept. 30 and are mentioned explicitly in the Presidential Determination," a State Department spokesperson said in an email to VOA.

Some of the refugees had been scheduled to arrive in October, but were delayed while Washington ironed out a cap for refugee admittances for the 2020 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.

At the end of September, the Trump administration proposed a ceiling of 18,000 refugees — the lowest in the program's history. Last Friday, after consultations with Congress, the White House confirmed the cap in a presidential determination.

FILE - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during an event in in New York, Oct. 30, 2019.

"America's support for refugees and other displaced people extends well beyond our immigration system," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after the announcement. "Addressing the core problems that drive refugees away from their homes helps more people more rapidly than resettling them in the United States."

But some U.S. lawmakers say the Trump administration ignored bipartisan input from Congress.

"During the consultation process with Secretary Pompeo, which occurred more than two weeks after the deadline set by law, there was bipartisan agreement in favor of increasing the proposed admission level. ... Unfortunately, the Administration appears to have ignored this bipartisan agreement," House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee chairwoman Zoe Lofgren said in a statement.

The 199 refugees received Tuesday could be the high mark for daily arrivals in the coming months.

The 18,000 refugee cap works out to an average of 55 per day if the cap is met.

Once the world's largest country for refugee resettlement, the U.S. fell below Canada in 2018.

A group of government workers protest for better salaries in Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov. 6, 2019.

Zimbabwe's state workers took to the streets Wednesday to protest their low salaries and high inflation that are making it hard for them to survive. The government says it is aware of the workers' plight, but does not have the funds to raise salaries above the poverty line.

Government workers gathered in Harare to protest salaries they characterize as “peanuts.”

Webster Tabvemhiri was one of the demonstrators.

“My salary is now nothing; you can’t buy three items, even three bottles of two liters with my salary. So I can’t survive with that because I need rent, I need transport, the combis (minibuses) cost ZWL$7 one way – to and from ZWL$14,” said Tabvembiri.

After years of relying on the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies, Zimbabwe's government reintroduced its own currency this year, called the bond note.

The average government worker gets a salary of about 1,000 bond notes per month, equal to under $100. Trade unions say workers need about $700 per month to survive.

Ahead of Wednesday's protests, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government knows its workers are struggling.

“Government does not dispute the need to give the cost of living adjustment to its workers but was faced with various competing national demands. These include payment of annual bonus that will take a significant portion of resources and due to revenue restricted inflows will be staggered between November and December 2019. And also the need to import grain to supplement grain reversals, those are some of various competing national demands," she said.

She said the government would give a 13th check to its workers as part of efforts to ease their situation.

But David Dzatsunga, a spokesman for the government workers, told the protesters that there was the need for continued pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to address citizens’ concerns.

He said the current “austerity for prosperity” program is not working.

“Our situation is dire, everyone knows that we are severely incapacitated and we are facing an existential crisis, a real crisis of existence. Let’s keep on having these conversations, let's unite, let's talk together those who are here, and those not present, that the problem we are facing, it needs us to be united because those who are oppressing us are united,” said Dzatsunga.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, the government announced that it had fired all 77 doctors who went on strike in September to call for an increase to their less than $200 per month salary.

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