President Biden introduced on Monday that the administration is elevating the cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 for the fiscal yr, far above the 15,000 restrict set by the earlier administration, however beneath an earlier marketing campaign promise.
“It is very important take this motion at the moment to take away any lingering doubt within the minds of refugees around the globe who’ve suffered a lot, and who’re anxiously ready for his or her new lives to start,” the president stated in an announcement.
In April, the Biden administration fumbled an announcement across the cap — initially saying it could hold former President Donald Trump’s low ceiling however then later, after criticism from fellow Democrats, saying it could comply with by means of on Biden’s marketing campaign promise to permit extra refugees into the nation this fiscal yr.
Even with the cap of 15,000 in place up to now, solely about 2,000 refugees had been let in by the top of March, in the course of the first half of fiscal yr 2021, in line with the Refugee Processing Middle.
Biden acknowledged in his Monday assertion that the extent of 62,500 won’t be met in actuality.
However Biden vowed to achieve his aim of 125,000 refugee admissions within the coming fiscal yr.