Biden Maintains Trump's Low Refugee Cap

Written by on April 16, 2021

President Joe Biden introduced Friday that the variety of refugees accepted into the USA will stay at 15,000 for the remainder of the fiscal yr, sustaining the record-low quantity set by former President Donald Trump. 

The choice was delayed by practically two months, inflicting a whole lot of refugees who had been authorized to resettle within the U.S. to cancel flights.

By the start of April, the Biden administration had solely resettled 2,050 refugees for the yr. The administration mentioned it could regulate the allocations set by Trump ― which prioritized Iraqis who labored for the U.S. navy and Christians going through non secular persecution ― and would supply extra slots for refugees from Africa, the Center East and Central America. However Trump’s ban on refugees from a number of Muslim-majority nations will stay.

Underneath Biden’s new allocation, about 7,000 slots are reserved for refugees from Africa, 1,000 from East Asia, 1,500 from Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 1,500 from the Close to East and South Asia. There’s additionally a reserve of about 1,000 slots for use as wanted.

Biden pledged in February that he would increase the cap to 62,500 refugees for this fiscal yr and 125,000 for the subsequent, however he by no means formally signed the directive — throwing a whole lot of refugees into limbo. 

Households affected by the delay beforehand instructed HuffPost that they spent weeks furnishing their houses and making ready for the arrivals of their family members. Hundreds of miles away, refugees made their very own preparations and bought off a lot of their belongings and houses in preparation for his or her flights. Many refugees had been fearful that their safety and well being checks wanted to board their flights had been expiring. 

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16; Guests at the America Welcomes Event with a Statue Of Liberty Replica Shows Solidarity With Immigran

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 16; Company on the America Welcomes Occasion with a Statue Of Liberty Reproduction Exhibits Solidarity With Immigrants & Refugees at Union Station on Could 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photograph by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Photographs for

For months, Democratic lawmakers, resettlement companies and activists have known as on Biden to meet his promise. Earlier on Friday, a number of Home Democrats wrote a letter to the president, urging him to formally increase the refugee cap that has trapped households in limbo. 

The White Home had beforehand mentioned that Biden remained dedicated to the problem however hasn’t given any additional clarification for the delay on signing a directive rising the cap on refugees. Individuals near the White Home speculated that the president was involved about political optics as he handled the surge of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. Migrants on the border in search of asylum are processed in a wholly separate system than refugees fleeing persecution abroad.

“It took us a while to see and consider how ineffective, or how trashed in some methods the refugee processing system had develop into, and so we needed to rebuild a few of these muscle groups and put it again in place,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Friday.

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