White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated Friday afternoon that President Joe Biden will elevate the Trump-era refugee cap by Might 15, and prompt that earlier studies on the contrary had been the product of “confusion” concerning the willpower the president issued hours earlier.
Biden issued a willpower on Friday morning to hurry the processing of potential refugees, however declined to boost the Trump administration’s refugee cap of 15,000-per-year, prompting studies that he had deserted an earlier pledge to boost the cap.
In an announcement launched Friday afternoon, Psaki attributed the delay in elevating the cap to prolonged deliberations concerning the optimum degree of refugee resettlement.
“The President’s directive as we speak has been the topic of some confusion,” Psaki stated in an announcement. “Final week, he despatched to Congress his finances for the fiscal yr beginning in October 2021, which honors his dedication. For the previous few weeks, he has been consulting together with his advisors to find out what variety of refugees might realistically be admitted to the USA between now and October 1.”
Psaki went on to say that the administration’s preliminary objective of settling 62,500 refugees this yr, introduced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken in February, was too bold given the insurance policies the administration inherited from its predecessors.
“Given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited, and burdens on the Workplace of Refugee Resettlement, his preliminary objective of 62,500 appears unlikely,” she stated.
The announcement got here after Biden was criticized by fellow Democrats for refusing to boost the cap as a part of the willpower he signed earlier within the day.
“Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and other people voted for him primarily based on that promise. Upholding the xenophobic and racist insurance policies of the Trump admin, incl the traditionally low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out mistaken. Hold your promise,” Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
The Biden administration is anxious that elevating the refugee cap would put undue stress on the Division of Well being and Human Companies whereas the company makes an attempt to deal with migrant youngsters on the southern border, a senior administration official informed the New York Occasions. Nonetheless, refugees from abroad are processed by way of a separate system from migrant youngsters in search of asylum.
“The President stays dedicated to elevating the refugee cap, and I can guarantee anybody who has considerations that that continues to be the case,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated at a briefing on Thursday.
The Biden administration will suggest slight adjustments to subcategories of refugee slots, which underneath the Trump administration prioritized Iraqis working for the U.S. army and different international nationals dealing with non secular persecution.