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Joe Biden has caved to the radical left and will raise the cap on refugees to 62,500 this fiscal year.
The move comes after a wave of outrage over his initial decision to keep the Trump-era ceiling of 15,000 admissions in place.
Now, Biden will quadruple the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year.
“It is important to take this action today to remove any lingering doubt in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much, and who are anxiously waiting for their new lives to begin,” Biden said.
The new admissions cap will “expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year.”
“The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,” he added.
“We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway,” Biden continued.
It also paves the way for Biden to boost the cap to 125,000 for the 2022 fiscal year that starts in October.
“The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program embodies our commitment to protect the most vulnerable. It’s a statement about who we are, and who we want to be. That’s why today, I revised our annual cap from 15,000 — a historic low set by the previous administration — to 62,500,” Biden tweeted.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program embodies our commitment to protect the most vulnerable. It’s a statement about who we are, and who we want to be. That’s why today, I revised our annual cap from 15,000 — a historic low set by the previous administration — to 62,500.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 3, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said work is being done to improve U.S. capabilities to process refugees in order to accept as many of them as possible under the new cap. Since the fiscal year began last Oct. 1, just over 2,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S.
Travel preparations are being made for more than 2,000 refugees who were excluded by Trump’s presidential determination on Oct. 27, 2020.
Refugee resettlement agencies applauded Biden’s action.
“We are absolutely thrilled and relieved for so many refugee families all across the world who look to the U.S. for protection,” said Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, head of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of nine resettlement agencies in the nation.
“It has a felt like a rollercoaster ride, but this is one critical step toward rebuilding the program and returning the U.S. to our global humanitarian leadership role,” Vignarajah added.
Some 35,000 refugees have been cleared to go to the United States, and 100,000 remain in the pipeline. Resettlement agencies that closed more than 100 offices during the Trump administration said the cap needed to be raised to unleash resources.
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“The way you rebuild capacity is by setting ambitious commitments that signal to domestic and international stakeholders that U.S. leadership is back,” said Nazanin Ash of the International Rescue Committee.
Democrats in major cities across the country have locked down their communities and forced their citizens to live under draconian measures because of COVID.
But Biden just authorized 62,500 refugees to enter the U.S. before the year’s end.
If you still think this is a legitimate health crisis and not an exercise in fear-based control, you’re probably driving alone with a mask on.