President Biden turned himself on Monday and said he would allow up to 62,500 refugees to enter the United States in the next six months, removing sharp restrictions placed on former President Donald J. Trump. Disaster.
“This deletes the historically low figure set by the previous government of 15,000, which does not reflect America’s values as a country that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said in a White House statement.
The action comes about two weeks after Biden said he would be out of Trump’s 15,000 refugee limit. The announcement sparked widespread condemnation from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill and from refugee supporters who accused the president of accepting campaign pledges to welcome those in need.
White House officials confirmed Biden’s intentions in mid-April were misleading. But his decision to increase the refugee limit to 62,500 indicates he feels pressured to take action.
In his statement, Biden admitted that the government is unlikely to reset the 62,500 refugees due to the budget and staff cuts that the agencies received during the Trump administration. Biden did not say whether the government had managed to accept the 15,000 refugees his ancestors had allowed.
“The sad truth is that we are not going to recruit 62,500 people this year,” he said. It takes some time But that work is in progress “