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By Jarrett Renshaw
WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he would raise the limit on the number of refugees admitted into the United States this year, a day after he drew criticism from homes. Democracy legislature because it agreed to keep historical low numbers. .
On Friday, Biden signed an order to extend the 15,000 refugee limit issued by predecessor Donald Trump until the end of September. When signing the order, Biden shelved a plan announced in February to raise the ceiling to 62,500.
Biden told reporters in Delaware on Saturday after playing golf that he would cross the 15,000 limit.
“We’re going to increase the number. The problem is that the refugee division is tackling the crisis on the border with young people. We can’t do two things at once, so now we are. will increase the number “. he say.
With Biden being criticized by lawmakers and pro-refugee groups, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday he intends to “set the final refugee limit, rising in for the remainder of this fiscal year on May 15 “.
Mr. Biden’s order of limiting his 15,000 immigrants is a blow to campaign groups that want the Democratic president to act quickly to reverse Republican Trump’s refugee policy, who came up with the figure. Part of it is how to limit immigration.
The refugee admission program is different from the migrant refugee system. Asylum seekers must be examined while they are still abroad and be cleared to enter the United States, unlike those who immigrate to the US border and then claim asylum.
Biden’s cautious approach seems tied to the optical concerns of accepting more refugees at a time when the number of migrants reaching the US-Mexico border is growing and doesn’t want a look. “too open” or “soft,” another America. officials with knowledge of the matter earlier told Reuters.
Psaki said on Friday that “Biden’s initial target of 62,500 seems unlikely … based on the dying refugee admission program we have inherited.”
Republicans have blamed Biden for the situation at the border, blaming his moves to reverse other hardline immigration policies under Trump.
Biden’s inauguration aims to set a new direction for US immigration policy, including a more compassionate approach. But his initial decision to leave in place went against his promises as a candidate.
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