President Biden Turns His Back on Refugees By Low Refugee Admissions

'Unacceptable and unconscionable': Top progressives outraged Biden won't raise refugee cap

In the two months since Biden signed an executive order to reignite the refugee program, hundreds of refugees have been in limbo after their travel to the US was canceled pending a decision from Biden. But should the cap be reached before the end of the current budget year and the emergency refugee situation persists, then a presidential determination may be issued to raise the ceiling.

The IRC report released earlier this week estimated that if the Biden White House continues its trajectory, the United States would admit 4,510 refugees during the 2021 fiscal year, which represents less than half the number from the last year of the Trump administration.

"It is a factor", Psaki said, adding that the Office of Refugee Resettlement "does management and has personnel working on both issues and so we have to ensure that there is capacity and ability to manage both". AP's earlier story follows below.

Since the fiscal year began on October 1, just over 2,000 refugees have been resettled in the US. The administration has indicated he may still do so. "Facing the greatest refugee crisis in our time, there is no reason to limit the number to 15,000". This breaks with an earlier pledge made by the Biden administration to raise admission.

The carved-out slots include room for 7,000 Africans; 1,000 East Asians; 1,500 Europeans and Central Asians; and 3,000 Latin Americans and Caribbeans. Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong.

Rep Pramila Jayapal: "It is simply unacceptable and unconscionable that the Biden Administration is not immediately repealing Donald Trump's harmful, xenophobic, and racist refugee cap that cruelly restricts refugee admissions to a historically low level".

At a time of record forced displacement, when global resettlement needs far surpass places available, UNHCR is grateful that the United States is taking urgently needed steps to restore and expand its refugee admissions program and to make more places available for the vulnerable refugees whose lives depend on them.

Early on Friday, the U.S. administration sent an email saying it would only accept 15,000 refugees in the fiscal year, which ends on 1 October.

Biden had pledged to resettle more than 62,000 refugees before the end of the fiscal year. Though the presidential action does not require congressional approval, presidents in the past announced a refugee cap shortly after the notification to Congress.

New Jersey Democratic Sen.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most high-profile progressives in Congress, similarly invoked the idea of a broken promise, saying in a tweet criticizing the move, "Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise".

"Failing to issue a new Determination undermines your declared goal to reverse your predecessor's refugee policies", the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote in a letter to Biden.

Under the order Biden signed, the administration modified the allocation of refugee slots.

The senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, forecast "much increased admissions numbers in future years".

Refugee advocates said they were disappointed by the news, saying it was unjustified given that there are 35,000 refugees who have already been security vetted and cleared for entry to the United States and that there are 100,000 at various stages in the pipeline.

Most of the refugees are from Africa and fleeing armed conflict or political persecution. Trump limited most spots for people fleeing religious persecution, Iraqis who have assisted U.S. forces there, and people from Central America's Northern Triangle.

Biden's decision to delay issuing the revised refugee cap for this year appeared tied to concerns over the optics of admitting more refugees amid rising levels of migrants arriving at the U.S. -Mexico border in recent months, and to not wanting to look "too open" or "soft", another U.S. official with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The White House also blamed Trump for decimating the resettlement program in the USA, while the senior administration official cited the COVID-19 pandemic without elaborating.

Another concern has been the record pace of unaccompanied migrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border, which has drawn in numerous resources that would go to vetting, processing and resettling refugees in the U.S.

"The global need for resettlement has never been greater", Hetfield said.

Earlier this week, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) released a report showing that the United States was on track to accept the smallest number of refugees ever recorded within any given year.

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