Democrats have increased the pressure on the Biden administration to raise the cap on immigration since his first day in office. As expected, Biden acquiesced, heading the ridiculous demand to increase the refugee cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year.
The announcement to increase the cap comes mere days before Biden signaled his intention to retain the 15,000 cap put in place during the Trump administration. The decision drew the ire of the Radical Democrats, who demanded the president do away with Trump’s immigration policy at an even quicker rate.
Biden said of his decision:
“This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,”
Biden confirms he will raise refugee cap from 15,000 to 62,500 this year & up to 125,000 next year after Dems accused him of sticking with Trump’s ‘xenophobic’ policies , pic.twitter.com/PXxpCTI4uZ
— @KassMedefer (@KMedefer) May 3, 2021
Following the surge of illegal border crossings, Biden signed an emergency declaration keeping the Trump-era 15,000 refugee cap in place. However, the radical wing of the Democrat Party influenced Biden to expedite his campaign promise to raise the cap.
Prominent Democrats railed against Biden’s order:
AOC called Biden’s decision “flat out wrong” accusing the president of “upholding xenophobic and racist policies.”
Sen. Dick Durben said “there’s no reason to limit the number to 15,000.”
“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 said in a statement. “We have reopened the program to new refugees.”
The revised limit added more entry slots for refugees from specific regions. Under the updated guidelines for this fiscal year, the US will accept a maximum of 22,000 refugees from Africa, 13,000 from Near East and South Asia, 6,000 from East Asia, 5,000 from Latin America, and 4,000 from Europe and Central Asia.
Author: Josh Dohm