President Joe Biden announced Monday that he is revising the cap on the total number of refugees who may be allowed into the country this year up to 62,500, after getting blowback from the left of his own party after appearing to stand pat at much a lower number.
The administration had previously announced an effort to raise the cap after getting blasted by critics including Democratic 'squad' members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
The administration last month had indicated it would move to raise the cap – after initially standing by a 15,000 figure for the current fiscal year from the holdover Trump administration.
President Joe Biden says he will raise the cap on refugees for the current fiscal year up to 62,500 from the current 15,000Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year,' Biden said in a statement.
'This 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. The new admissions cap will also 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.'
'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,' Biden said.
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