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After criticism, Joe Biden says he will raise US cap on refugee admissions

President Joe Biden mentioned on Saturday he’ll elevate the cap on the variety of refugees admitted this yr to the US, a day after he drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers for agreeing to maintain the traditionally low determine in place.

Biden signed an order on Friday extending a 15,000 refugee admissions cap issued by his predecessor Donald Trump via the tip of September. In signing the order, Biden shelved a plan introduced in February to extend the cap to 62,500.

Biden instructed reporters in Delaware on Saturday after taking part in golf that he would transcend the 15,000 restrict.

“We’re going to enhance the quantity. Drawback was the refugee half was engaged on the disaster that ended up on the border with younger individuals. We couldn’t do two issues without delay, so now we’re going to elevate the quantity,” he mentioned.

With Biden being criticized by lawmakers and refugee advocacy teams, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Friday that he deliberate to “set a ultimate, elevated refugee cap for the rest of this fiscal yr by Could 15.”

Biden’s order to restrict admissions to 15,000 was a blow to advocacy teams that needed the Democratic president to maneuver swiftly to reverse the refugee insurance policies of the Republican Trump, who had set the determine partly as a technique to restrict immigration.

This system for admitting refugees is distinct from the asylum system for migrants. Refugees should be vetted whereas nonetheless abroad and cleared for entry to the US, not like migrants who arrive at a US border after which request asylum.

Biden’s cautious strategy seems to have been tied to considerations over the optics of admitting extra refugees at a time of rising numbers of migrants arriving on the US-Mexico border, and to not eager to look “too open” or “comfortable,” one other US official with information of the matter beforehand instructed Reuters.

Psaki mentioned on Friday that Biden’s “preliminary aim of 62,500 appears unlikely … given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited.”

Republicans have blamed Biden for the state of affairs on the border, faulting his strikes to reverse different Trump-era hardline immigration insurance policies.

Biden took workplace aiming to set a brand new course for US immigration coverage, together with a extra compassionate strategy. However his preliminary determination to depart in place the caps went in opposition to his guarantees as a candidate.

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