He ended Trump’s restrictions on resettlement from Somalia, Syria and Yemen
Mexico City- U.S. President Joe Biden officially increased this year’s U.S. refugee limit to $62,500 a few weeks after he suffered a bipartisan setback for delaying the removal of the 15,000 limit imposed by former President Donald Trump. .
Last month, Biden expanded the eligibility criteria for resettlement and removed barriers for refugees entering the United States set by Trump, but initially failed to raise the annual cap, and his aides expressed disbelief. it’s necessary.
But Biden faced strong opposition because it at least did not take symbolic steps, authorized more refugees to enter the United States this year and quickly changed course.
Biden said in a statement that the new cap “eliminates the historically lowest figure set by the previous administration,” adding that Trump’s cap “does not reflect the value of the United States as a country that welcomes and supports the people. . refugee. .
Biden added: “It is important to take this action today to eliminate the lingering doubts in the hearts of refugees around the world who have suffered so much and are eager to wait for a new life to begin.”
Biden said this is a “sad fact.” Given the country’s pandemic and restrictions on resettlement capacity, the United States will not reach the 62,500 limit by the end of the September fiscal year. His government attributed some of this The Trump administration’s immigration policy.
Having said that, Biden is still committed to setting the ceiling at 125,000 from October to fiscal year 2022, and at the same time working to improve the United States’ ability to handle refugees in order to accommodate as many refugees as possible under the new restrictions.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken notified Congress on February 12 that he planned to increase the maximum enrollment limit to 62,500, but did not follow any presidential decision. In an emergency statement issued on April 16, Biden announced that Trump has accepted 15,000 refugees this year, “it is still reasonable for humanitarian considerations, otherwise it is in the national interest.”
Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the New Jersey State Senate, wrote in a letter to Biden: “Failing to issue a new ruling undermined his established goal of changing his predecessor’s refugee policy. “
Biden’s new distribution plan adds more space for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America, and ends Trump’s restrictions on resettlement from Somalia, Syria and Yemen.