Published: Mon, April 19, 2021
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US President Joe Biden to raise refugee cap after criticism

US President Joe Biden to raise refugee cap after criticism

'That increase and that influx, as you all know, was higher than most people, including us, anticipated, ' she said.

After golfing in DE on Saturday, the press asked Biden about the USA refugee cap, which made headlines this week when there were reports that the number would remain the same as the Trump administration.

Over the weekend, Biden was asked by a reporter in DE about his policy on refugee admissions.

Data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed that agents have apprehended 172,000 illegal aliens along the border in March, leading Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, to say it is "the biggest surge that we've ever seen in the history of the Border Patrol". "But now we are going to increase the number".

But the program for admitting refugees is distinct from the asylum system for migrants.

"Given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited", Psaki said it was "unlikely" Biden will be able to boost that number to 62,500, as he had proposed in his plan to Congress two months ago. In signing the order, Biden shelved a plan announced in February to increase the cap to 62,500.

Some 35,000 refugees who have already been vetted and cleared for travel to the US will wait overseas, with over 100,000 more in the pipeline unsure how long they will have to wait as well, according to the International Rescue Committee, a resettlement agency.

Now, however, the White House says that the influx of unaccompanied minors on the southern border has made it hard for them to raise the number at all.

During the campaign, Biden vowed to raise the refugee cap to 125,000.


"It is a factor", Psaki said, adding that the Office of Refugee Resettlement "does management and has personnel working on both issues and so we have to ensure that there is capacity and ability to manage both". "Let's be clear. We are changing the policies of the last administration". In February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Congress the administration planned to hike the ceiling from 15,000 to 62,500, but the White House has waffled as a surge of asylum seekers at the US southern border has dominated immigration news.

The law does not require congressional approval and past presidents have issued such presidential determinations that set the cap on refugee admissions shortly after the notification to Congress.

On Saturday, Biden appeared to cave to the pressure of the progressive Democrats, and said that he would increase the refugee cap.

Some 35,000 refugees have been cleared to go to the United States, and 100,000 remain in the pipeline and their lives remain in limbo, said David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

Specifically, Biden will fill 7,000 slots for refugees from Africa, where a huge amount of people are displaced by conflict, climate change, and more, and 3,000 for Latin America and the Caribbean, where the Venezuela migration crisis threatens to overtake the number of folks fleeing Syria.

"The global need for resettlement has never been greater", Hetfield said.

A reserve of about 1,000 slots can be used as needed.

Trump limited most spots to people fleeing religious persecution, Iraqis who have assisted United States forces there, and people from Central America's Northern Triangle.

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