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Heeding complaints, Biden lifts refugee cap to 62,500

Heeding complaints, Biden lifts refugee cap to 62,500

5/4/2021 2:35:00 AM

Heeding complaints, Biden lifts refugee cap to 62,500

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing a wave of criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.

In a statement, Biden said his action "erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.""It is important to take this action today to remove any lingering doubt in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much, and who are anxiously waiting for their new lives to begin," he said.

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Soon after taking office in January, Biden pledged to ramp up the program but then surprised allies when he opted to stick with the lower cap out of concern over bad optics, given the rising number of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border with Mexico, U.S. officials have said.

Biden's flip-flopping drew the ire of refugee advocates and some Democratic lawmakers.Trump steadily slashed the size of the refugee program during his term in office, and Biden officials say the cuts have made quickly raising admissions more difficult. headtopics.com

But the refugee program is distinct from the asylum system for migrants. Refugees come from all over the world, many fleeing conflict. They undergo extensive vetting while still overseas to be cleared for entry to the United States, unlike migrants who arrive at a U.S. border and then request asylum.

The allocations for the increased cap matched an earlier plan Biden sent to Congress, according to a memo signed by Biden. The memo said there would be 22,000 spots for refugees from Africa, 6,000 from East Asia, 4,000 from Europe and Central Asia, 5,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 13,000 from South Asia. Another 12,500 unallocated spots will also be available.

Biden said it was doubtful the United States would be able to welcome a total of 62,500 refugees by the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, or reach a goal of 125,000 admissions next year."The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year. We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already under way," he said.

A White House official said Biden now wanted to raise the cap regardless of capacity limitations to "send a very clear message that refugee processing is a critical part of America's place in the world," acknowledging the initial lower announcement "did not send the right message." headtopics.com

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Delays in Biden's decisionmaking on the issue led to hundreds of canceled flights for refugees already cleared to travel to the United States, often after years of waiting, refugee groups said.Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, president of the resettlement organization Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, said in a statement that advocacy groups were breathing a "sigh of relief" following the announcement on Monday, even though meeting the high target would be "daunting."

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Hope the people can foot the bill. Doesn't the US already have a chronic free Healthcare deficit and a major homelessness issue? Is Biden actually demented Way to cut off your nose to spite your peoples' faces. Traitor.

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After blowback, Biden again says he wants refugee cap to be 62.5K this fiscal yearBREAKING: 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. Why would you do that. Why do you care nothing about the American people Mr Biden....tear down that wall! 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.

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