Biden to Raise Refugee Cap from 15,000 to 62,500

Headline Roundup May 3rd, 2021

President Joe Biden announced in a statement Monday he will raise the U.S.' refugee cap to 62,500 this fiscal year after announcing last month he would keep the former administration's historically-low 15,000 refugee limit. In April, the Biden administration said the president would sign an emergency determination to speed refugee processing, but would not raise the ceiling set by former President Donald Trump, despite Biden's earlier pledges to raise the cap. After pushback from Democrats and activists, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden would look to announce a higher ceiling in May, though she said it would be difficult to meet the 62,500 goal because of the former administration's changes. In Monday's statement, Biden said that the "sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year," also citing the former administration's "damage of the last four years." The president said efforts are underway to expand the U.S.’ capacity to admit refugees to reach a goal of 125,000 refugee admissions for the coming fiscal year, which begins in September.

Coverage from across the spectrum tended to frame the decision as a result of Democratic criticism of the Biden administration.

Biden to Raise Refugee Cap from 15,000 to 62,500

From the Left
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Joe Biden has formally raised the US cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by Donald Trump.

Refugee resettlement agencies have waited for Biden to quadruple the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year since 12 February, when a presidential proposal was submitted to Congress saying he planned to do so.

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From the Center
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The Biden administration said Monday it would allow 62,500 refugees to resettle in the United States this year, reversing course after the White House initially said it would keep a historically low Trump-era limit on those fleeing war, violence and persecution.

President Joe Biden made the announcement weeks after he sparked a political uproar from human rights groups and Democrats in Congress over an earlier plan to limit refugees to 15,000 – a figure set by former President Donald Trump.

"Today, I am revising the United States’ annual...

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From the Right
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President Joe Biden raised the refugee cap to 62,500 Monday following weeks of criticism that his administration was too slow in revising former President Donald Trump’s cap.

Trump ordered before leaving office that no more than 15,000 refugees could be accepted into the U.S. during the fiscal year 2021, a level both Biden and other Democrats criticized as far too low. The White House had previously said it would keep Trump’s cap in place for the time being, however, with the ultimate goal of setting a 125,000 refugee cap in...

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