The day after receiving criticism from a Democratic Party member, the member criticized the number for maintaining the lowest level in history.
Washington— Reuters reported that President Joe Biden said that he would raise the maximum number of refugees entering the United States this year, a day after being criticized by Democratic lawmakers for keeping the number at an all-time low.
Biden signed a decree on Friday to extend the admission limit of 15,000 refugees issued by his predecessor Donald Trump to the end of September. By signing the order, Biden shelved the plan announced in February to increase the limit to 62,500.
Biden told reporters in Delaware after playing golf: “We will increase this number.” He was referring to the 15,000 limit.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that because Biden has been criticized by lawmakers and refugee advocacy groups, he plans to increase the number of refugees for the remainder of the fiscal year by May 15.
Biden’s order to limit attendance to 15,000 is a blow to advocacy groups that want the Democratic president to act quickly to reverse the refugee policy of Republican Trump, who has set this number as a limit. A way of immigration.
The refugee admission program is different from the immigrant asylum system. Unlike immigrants who arrive at the US border and apply for asylum, refugees must be screened while they are still abroad, and they must be cleared before they can enter the United States.
Biden’s cautious attitude seems to be related to people’s concerns, because in recent months, as more and more immigrants have reached the U.S.-Mexico border without wanting to appear “weak”, the admission of more refugees has also caused people’s concerns attention. The matter was told to Reuters on Friday.
Psaki said on Friday, “Biden’s original goal of 62,500 seems unlikely… given that the number of refugee admissions we inherited has decreased.
Republicans blamed Biden’s situation on Biden, mainly because he changed the tough immigration policy of the Trump era.