President Joe Biden said Monday that he would raise the cap on U.S. refugee admission to 62,500 this fiscal year, giving way to critics who criticized his earlier decision to keep the cap unchanged at the Trump administration's 15,000 level. condemned.
The number of 15,000 "did not reflect America's values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees," Biden said in a statement.
The U.S. Refugee Admission Program embodies our commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. It's a statement about who we are and who we want to be, ”the president later tweeted.
In an executive order two weeks ago, Biden had lifted many of the restrictions placed by the previous government on applicants to qualify for the refugee program, but his decision to leave the cap unchanged drew the ire of civic organizations and some democratic lawmakers .
Biden had promised during the presidential campaign to raise the refugee cap and increase the program before changing his mind in light of the increasing number of migrants crossing the U.S. border into Mexico.
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