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Biden keeps the US refugee limit at 15,000 instead of increasing it: official Reuters


© Reuters. US President Biden addresses Russia at the White House in Washington

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Friday signed an order to keep the US refugee limit at its historic low of 15,000, a senior administration official said, opting against the plan he had Consider increasing to 62,500.

The 15,000 limit was set by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, as part of his anti-immigration agenda. Two months ago, Biden considered increasing the limit to 62,500, and earlier on Friday a group of Democratic lawmakers extended his appeal asking him to act.

According to an emergency presidential decision signed by Biden, the United States will provide refugee status to a wider part of the world that Trump has allowed, the official said, on condition of anonymity. .

The official said the US will use all 15,000 positions under the Biden order and that officials are prepared to consult Congress if there is a need to increase enrollment to address emergencies. unforeseen.

The Biden team’s review of the US Refugee Admissions Program it inherited from the previous administration found that “it’s even more devastating than we thought, needing a major overhaul to rebuild. back to the numbers we have pledged to, “said the official.

“That support has been and is going on and will allow us to support the huge increase in enrollment in the coming years,” the official said.

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