The announcement comes after the president was criticized by Democrats last month over the move, with the White House saying then it would announce a new cap by May 15.
In announcing the decision, Biden recognized that the US would not be able to meet the 62,500 figure during this fiscal year.
“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,” he said.
President Joe Biden announced Monday a fourfold increase in annual United States refugee admissions this year, capitulating to liberal critics who had criticized Biden for not increasing the cap sooner.What is the background?Biden took heavy fire from Democrats after he refused to increase the number of refugees the U.S. would admit this year. In fact, Biden signed an order maintaining a limit of 15,000, which was established under former President Donald Trump.
The move that follows months of wavering and fierce blowback from human rights advocates and fellow Democrats.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden wave after stepping off Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Washington. The Biden’s traveled Monday to coastal Virginia to promote his plans to increase spending on education and children, part of his $1.8 trillion families proposal announced last week. | AP
President Joe Biden is formally lifting the nation’s refugee cap to 62,500 this year
President Joe Biden said in a statement on Monday that he is increasing the country's refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, up from "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 promised to raise the cap by May 15 about two weeks ago, following pressure from allies. "Thewil new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already underway to...
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