President Joe Biden introduced on Monday that he’s elevating the cap on refugees admitted into the nation to 62,500, up from the 15,000 cap the administration stated would stay in place final month.
The transfer comes after the administration confronted backlash from progressives who blasted the president for sustaining the the quantity put in place by the Trump administration.
Democratic lawmakers on the social gathering’s left flank slammed Biden for not assembly the 62,500 cap, regardless of plans to lift it to 125,000 for fiscal 12 months 2022, which had been specified by his proposal to Congress earlier this 12 months.
Shortly after the blowback, the White House reversed course stating it will unveil a number larger than the 15,000 cap by mid-May.
“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, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden stated in an announcement.
“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.”
The president famous that it’s unlikely that the US will hit the 62,500 cap this 12 months, with 2,050 refugees having been admitted to the nation as of March 31.
“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 underway,” he stated.
“We have reopened the program to new refugees. And by changing the regional allocations last month, we have already increased the number of refugees ready for departure to the United States.”
Biden vowed to maneuver ahead together with his objective of 125,000 subsequent fiscal 12 months.
“The budget that I have submitted to Congress also reflects my commitment to the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions in the first fiscal year of my presidency. That goal will still be hard to hit. We might not make it the first year,” he stated.
“But we are going to use every tool available to help these fully-vetted refugees fleeing horrific conditions in their home countries. This will reassert American leadership and American values when it comes to refugee admissions.”