President Joe Biden signed an order Friday to maintain the maximum number of refugees in the United States. At a historically low of 15,000, a government official said, rejecting a plan it considered raising it to 62,500.
Who set this limit?
The The decision was a blow For refugee advocates who wanted Biden will reverse policies quickly His Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, who had it I set up a cap of 15,000 as a way to curb immigration.
two months ago, Biden had considered raising the cap to 62,500 And the first thing on FridayA group of Democratic lawmakers insisted on their calls for him to take action.
What is the reason for this decision made by Biden?
Biden’s decision to delay the review of the asylum limit appears to be linked to concerns about the perception that accepting more would stir amid mounting immigration pressure at the border with Mexico.Another official familiar with the matter told Reuters, he no longer wanted to appear “very open” or “soft.”
Based on an emergency presidential decision signed by Biden, The United States will be shown Refugee status for a more diverse group than Trump allowsThe senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
The source argued so The United States will use 15,000 seats, by order of Biden And that the officials were Willing to consult with Congress if the number of admissions needs to be increased To deal with unexpected emergencies.
Advocates for refugees express their disagreement
Advocates for refugees were disappointed with the newsSaying that it is not justified given that There are 35,000 refugees who have already undergone security checks and been permitted to enter the United StatesYes what’s up 100,000 in various stages of processing.
The International Rescue Committee described the decision in a statement as “a worrying and unjustified setback.” from Biden’s previous promiseAt the current rate of admission, he said, the government is on the right track to resettle the fewest refugees of any president In American history.
“This is a time of unprecedented global need, and the United States is far from returning to its historic role as a haven for the world’s downtrodden and most vulnerable,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the New York-based organization.
Under the new Biden plan, 15,000 seats will be allocated as follows:
- 7 thousand to Africa
- Thousand for East Asia
- 1500 for Europe and Central Asia
- 3000 for Latin America and the Caribbean
- 1,500 from the Middle East and South Asia
- A for a non-allotted reservation