BREAKING: After facing fierce criticism from Democratic allies, Pres. Joe Biden says he wants to raise the maximum number of refugees allowed into the U.S. this fiscal year to 62,500.
President Joe Biden said Monday that he wants to raise the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this fiscal year to 62,500
allowed into the United States this fiscal year to 62,500.The announcement comes after his administration had first said in February it wanted the cap at that number but beforeBiden backtrackedin April and decided to leave a Trump-era cap of 15,000 in place.
Last month, when the president said he was going to leave the historically low cap in place, he faced fierce criticism from Democratic allies on Capitol Hill.The blowback led the White House to promise to raise the cap within the coming weeks, and Monday, Biden said it was back to square one: 62,500 in the current fiscal year, which runs until the end of September.
Evan Vucci/APPresident Joe Biden speaks at Tidewater Community College, May 3, 2021, in Portsmouth, Va.It was a rare unforced political error from the Biden White House.They blamed the situation on the southern border for overwhelming authorities, although refugee advocates argued the system for intaking those unaccompanied minors was different from that for dealing with refugees, many of whom had already been fully vetted and were awaiting flights to the U.S. headtopics.com
But Monday, the president also sought to set expectations, saying that just because that he was setting a cap of 62,500 -- which is subject to a formal consultation process with Congress,"The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year."
He said this cap would"reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States' capacity to admit refugees, so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year."He also set expectations for next year.Read more: ABC News »
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Those in the United States that have taken out government loans due to Covid will be paying tens of millions of dollars if not more in interest to the government over decades. The process of repayment will certainly be hindered by large numbers of refugees coming into the country I think Biden is well-intentioned and his heart is in the right place and my heart bleeds for refugees but these are Covid times and this is not the time to flood our country simply because it will take away jobs and resources from those in need and who reside here.
Mr Biden....tear down that wall! Why would you do that. Why do you care nothing about the American people