Biden keeps US refugee cap at 15000 rather than raise it

Residents in support of continued refugee resettlement hold signs at a meeting in Bismarck N.D. Monday Dec. 9. 2019. Several

Residents in support of continued refugee resettlement hold signs at a meeting in Bismarck N.D. Monday Dec. 9. 2019. Several

Facing swift blowback from allies and aid groups, the White House on Friday said U.S. President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor's historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially moving only to expand the eligibility criteria for resettlements.

The move comes after Biden signed an executive order pledging to dramatically increase the number of refugees admitted in the 2022 fiscal year, which begins on October 1, 2021, to 125,000. "Kudos to the AP for not falling for the spin", the head Post fact-checker tweeted. While we acknowledge that the administration made the right decision to commit to resettling 15,000 refugees by eliminating stringent requirements for the allocation of refugee slots set by the Trump administration, its final decision does not align with the Church's commitment to refugees worldwide. An administration official said the change would allow the Biden administration to fill the cap of 15,000, although it would also leave thousands of additional refugees cleared to fly to the United States stranded in camps.

Many were surprised Biden did not replace the cap by former President Donald Trump, having submitted a plan to Congress two months ago to quadruple that number.

Reports say Mr Biden is concerned about letting in more people amid a record influx at the US-Mexico border.

"Given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited, and burdens on the Office of Refugee Resettlement, his initial goal of 62,500 seems unlikely", she added.

"While finalizing that determination, the president was urged to take immediate action to reverse the Trump policy that banned refugees from many key regions, to enable flights from those regions to begin within days".

Migrants are detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to request for

In a speech to the state department in February, Mr Biden vowed to raise the figure to 125,000 within the next budget year. "We look forward to working with you to restore America's promise to refugees and hope to see the Administration take the first step by issuing a revised Presidential Determination". Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong.

If resettlement continues at the current pace, Biden "is on track to resettle the lowest number of refugees of any president in USA history", according to the International Rescue Committee refugee advocacy group.

The 15,000 asylum applications would be distributed as follows: 7,000 for Africa, 1,000 for East Asia, 1,500 for Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 for Latin America and the Caribbean, 1,500 for East and South Asia. But this needn't be so complicated: Biden ought to just make good on his campaign promise by raising the cap significantly.

Because Trump's refugee limit is still in place, Biden has left 33,000 people who have already been approved to resettle in the United States in a state of uncertainty over their future. It also bears mentioning that the refugee resettlement program is completely separate from the asylum system, which is what the situation at the border is about, and this administration should not oversimplify the country's immigration system by intentionally confusing these two programs with one another in order to score political points. The Episcopal Church has called on the United States and other wealthy nations to "contribute to resettlement, establish and maintain safe and orderly humanitarian protection for refugees, internally displaced persons, and other migrants seeking long-term solutions and safety".

"This leadership is sorely needed", he said.

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