Elizabeth Warren Wants To Know Why Joe Biden Hasn't Lifted The Refugee Cap Yet

Written by on April 12, 2021

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says she needs to listen to extra from Joe Biden’s administration relating to its delay in restarting refugee admissions into america.

“I don’t know why there’s a hold-up. I wish to perceive why this hasn’t already occurred,” Warren instructed HuffPost on Monday.

Biden is on tempo to just accept the fewest refugees of any trendy president, together with Donald Trump, in response to a brand new report by the Worldwide Rescue Committee, a worldwide humanitarian aid group. Solely 2,050 refugees have resettled within the U.S. midway by the fiscal 12 months.

Upon taking workplace, Biden introduced he was going to boost the restrict on admissions to 62,500 individuals and raise the cap once more subsequent 12 months. The pronouncement adopted Biden’s marketing campaign promise to raise the cap after the Trump administration’s draconian cuts to this system.

“The USA’ ethical management on refugee points was some extent of bipartisan consensus for thus many a long time,” Biden stated in February. “It’s going to take time to rebuild what has been so badly broken.”

However Biden nonetheless hasn’t made the coverage change official by signing the required presidential willpower. His administration hasn’t given a purpose for the delay, nor has it given a date when he plans to take action.

“The president stays dedicated to elevating the cap,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated final week. “When it’s signed, we’ll replace you all.”

As of March, greater than 700 refugees who had been permitted and booked to reach within the U.S. had their flights canceled on the final minute. Households within the U.S. additionally purchased new flats and furnishings in preparation for the arrival of family members who haven’t come.

Final week, households of refugees, former refugees and their supporters throughout 35 states despatched a letter urging Biden to make good on his promise to resuscitate this system. They warned the delay is having a “devastating affect on individuals in dire want of humanitarian safety.”

Warren isn’t the one Democratic lawmaker pushing for solutions relating to the Biden administration’s refugee coverage. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, stated she has repeatedly urged the administration to raise the cap.   

“I do know the difficulties of going by the vetting course of and may’t think about the frustration felt by too many as we postponed their capability to name america their dwelling,” Omar stated in an announcement final week. “Abandoning those that fled unthinkable atrocities doesn’t align with the values we maintain as Individuals—nor does it align with the guarantees set by this administration.”

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