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After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May”

Pressed on whether the administration would accept 125,000 refugees next year, Blinken replied: "Look, the President's been clear about where he wants to go, but we have to be, you know, focused on what we're able to do when we're able to do it".

Psaki said on Friday Biden's "initial goal of 62,500 seems unlikely.given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited".

"I'm still confused about what changed between 1 p.m. on Friday and around 4:30 p.m. on Friday to go from we're not raising the refugee cap to we are raising the refugee cap by May 15", Fisher told Psaki on Monday.

Data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed that agents have apprehended 172,000 illegal aliens along the border in March, leading Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, to say it is "the biggest surge that we've ever seen in the history of the Border Patrol".

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said later that Biden is expected to increase the refugee cap by May 15, though she didn't say by how much.

Republican lawmakers and governors have accused Biden of facilitating the border crisis by reversing several of President Donald Trump's orders meant to curb illegal immigration, including border wall construction and the "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Democrats blasted Friday's announcement in unusually strong criticism of a president from their own party.

The White House defended the decision by pointing to Trump's destruction of the refugee resettlement program, although resettlement agencies rejected that reasoning, and the situation at the southern US border, which the administration previously spent weeks downplaying.

"In recent years. the United States has not lived up to its ideals as the number of refugees welcomed into our country has plummeted due to policies that diminished the resettlement process", they stated at the time.

Since the fiscal year began last October 1, just over 2,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S.

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Under Biden's new allocation, 7,000 slots are reserved for refugees from Africa, 1,000 from East Asia, 1,500 from Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean and 1,500 from the Near East and South Asia.

Biden sent a plan to Congress, as required by law, two months ago to raise the refugee ceiling to 62,500. Though the presidential action does not require congressional approval, presidents in the past announced a refugee cap shortly after the notification to Congress.

"To be clear: the asylum process at the southern border and the refugee process are completely separate immigration systems".

"This leadership is sorely needed", he said.

"This cruel policy is no more acceptable now than it was during the Trump Administration", Blumenthal said.

"We're going to increase the number [of refugees allowed into the country]".

President Joe Biden finally admitted on Saturday that there is a crisis at the US southern border.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement "has personnel working on both issues and so we have to ensure that there is capacity and ability to manage both", Psaki added.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote a letter to Biden, urging him to follow through on his campaign promise and raise the refugee ceiling.



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