US President Joe Biden has promised to raise a cap on the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year. The corresponding decision will be made by mid-May. It is reported by Voice of America.
In brief comments to reporters on Saturday, the US president provided few details, however, about his plan to raise the refugee resettlement limit from a historic low of 15,000 set by his predecessor, Donald Trump.
“We are going to increase the number. Problem was the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up at the border with young people. We couldn’t do two things at once, so now we are going to raise the number,” Biden said.
After facing rebuke for planning to keep the limit of 15,000 in place, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the Biden administration plans to announce its new refugee admissions cap by May 15.
Biden had earlier promised to raise the cap to 62,500 this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, but Psaki said the goal now seems unlikely due to damage done to the resettlement system under Trump.