US human rights groups and lawmakers have criticized the previous US President for his plans to hold the Trump deadline up in 2021.
US President Joe Biden has promised to increase the limit on the number of refugees allowed into the United States this fiscal year, after faced widespread criticism from human rights groups and members of his own Democrats because there were originally plans to delay the move.
However, in brief comments to reporters on Saturday, the US President provided some details on his plan to raise the resettlement limit for refugees from 15,000 historical low coined by predecessor Donald Trump.
“We’ll increase the number,” Biden said, as Reuters reported.
“The problem is the part of the refugees who are working the crisis ends at the border with young people. We can’t do two things at the same time, so now we’re going to increase the number. “
After facing rebuke for plans to keep the 15,000 limit intact, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that the Biden administration has plans announced the new refugee admission limit on May 15.
Biden had previously promised to increase the ceiling to 62,500 this fiscal year, which ended September 30, but Psaki says that target now looks unlikely due to damage to the under-resettlement system. Trump.
The US refugee resettlement program and refugee resettlement program at the country’s southern border are two different issues, handled by different parts of the U.S. government.
Refugee supporters have called on Biden, who has faced criticism from Republicans over the situation on the US-Mexico border, to uphold its promise to increase the refugee limit accident.
They pointed out that tens of thousands of refugees had been moved to the US but they had to wait in camps, often at great risk.
But some resettlement agencies Raised concern this week amid apparent delays in Biden signed a presidential statement that would allow them to begin work of bringing refugees to America.
The International Rescue Commission (IRC) said in a report this month that without raising the limit, Biden was on track to concede. the fewest refugees this year by any US president in history.
So far, only 2,050 people have been admitted to the country, the group said, while more than 700 refugees who have been approved to the US have had their flights canceled due to delays in increasing the admission limit.
Biden said he plans to allow about 125,000 refugees to enter the United States by 2022, the first fiscal year of his administration.
Refugee supporters have applauded the administration’s promises, saying they mark a key shift from Trump’s tough policies, who have severely limited the resettlement program. US refugee.
But they were outraged by Friday’s announcement that the Trump deadline limit would remain the same in 2021, speech “The harm caused by the delay cannot be overstated.”