CHAIRMAN JOE Biden has abandoned his intention to keep refugee limits at the Trump era level following backlash from leftist Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The White House earlier said on Friday that it would maintain the annual refugee limit at 15,000 a year, the same level under former President Donald Trump, according to a press release. press conference on Friday.
However, on Friday afternoon, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden will increase the refugee limit by May 15.
Psaki did not specify the number for the new refugee cap but said it was “unlikely” to reach Biden’s initial target of 62,500 because “the refugee admissions program was over. inheritance and burden on the Refugee Resettlement Office, “she added in the White House Statement.
Initially, Biden was concerned about allowing more refugees to enter the United States as the migration crisis on the US-Mexico border continued to intensify.
But he rejected his decision to keep the refugee limit low after receiving a backlash from some Democrats who criticized him for failing to keep his promise to increase the limit to 125,000. annual budget for next year – including congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Others criticized the low refugee limit such as Senate Foreign Relations President Bob Menedez, who described the number as “staggeringly low”. according to BBC.
The White House stressed Friday that the Biden administration has reversed Trump’s ban on refugees from Africa and the Middle East and is promoting the admission of refugees to the US, according to Politico.
According to the BBC, about 2,000 refugees have been admitted to the US since October.
In February, a plan was established to scale up refugees to resettle 62,500 people in the country. The State Department and the White House had previously agreed on the number, according to CNN.
There are more than 80 million migrants worldwide including 26.3 million refugees, according to the report Latest UNHCR data.
Last week, The White House said border coordinator Roberta Jacobson will relinquish her role in late April.
Jacobson served as President Joe Biden’s Coordinator on the Southwest Border at the National Security Council.
Vice President Kamala Harris will lead US diplomatic efforts in Central America with Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
The White House makes it clear that Harris’ primary mission is diplomatic efforts in the region, but border security is the responsibility of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, according to Reuters.
The United States is grappling with the growing migrant crisis at its border.
Customs and Border Protection said in a report This month, more than 170,000 migrants arrived at the border in March, an increase of about 70 percent from February.
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Those migrants include 18,890 unaccompanied minors from Central America on the southwestern border, 100 percent more than in February, according to the report.
This figure is also 5 times higher than in February 2020 under Trump.
Biden has been criticized for handling the US-Mexico border, with a police chief accusing the president of causing the country to face national security threats and rampant sex trafficking.