Joe Biden just made his first big cave to the left and reversed an earlier decision to leave the refugee cap at the low number Trump set. The left cried foul and Biden backpedaled but now it is official – he is raising the cap.
The White House just announced they are raising the refugee cap to 62,500. Biden had promised to raise the cap but once in office reality set with migrant surges at the border so he did the rational thing and left the cap where Trump set it.
“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.”
“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 added.
“The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,” Biden wrote before saying infrastructure needed to be rebuilt and blamed the Trump admin.
He said: “We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway.
“We might not make it the first year. But we are going to use every tool available to help these fully-vetted refugees fleeing horrific conditions in their home countries.”
“We’re gonna increase the numbers. The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people and we couldn’t do two things at once. And now we’re going to increase the numbers,” Biden said after the backlash from the left but before he officially reversed Trump’s policy.
From Fox News:
Biden increased the refugee cap just weeks after he announced his intent to maintain a 15,000 refugee cap first imposed by former President Donald Trump.
The initial limit drew outrage from prominent Democrats who accused Biden of moving too slowly to reverse Trump-era refugee entry policies.
“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,” Biden said in a statement.
“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.”
Breaking. Statement from President Biden: "Today, I am revising the United States' annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year. This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 3, 2021
SCOOP: The Biden administration set to raise the refugee cap to 62,500 this fiscal year, a source tells me, after blowback last month when Biden kept the Trump era cap.
— Priscilla Alvarez (@priscialva) May 3, 2021