President Joe Biden will raise the annual U.S. refugee cap to 62,500 entrants for the fiscal year, revising the much lower number set under the Trump administration that “did not reflect America’s values,” he said Monday.
“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,” the president said in a statement.
President Biden also said he plans to set a limit of 125,000 refugees for the next fiscal year.
After Biden signaled in mid-April he would keep the Trump-era cap in place, lawmakers in his own party publicly criticized him.
“We might not make it the first year. But we are going to use every tool available to help these fully-vetted refugees fleeing horrific conditions in their home countries,” he said. “This will reassert American leadership and American values when it comes to refugee admissions.”
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