WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US officials said on Sunday that President Joe Biden pledged to increase the refugee reception limit this year, currently set at 15,000, but said he was unlikely to reach is as high as the original target of the administration.
Biden, a Democrat, signed an order on Friday restricting US refugee admissions this year to the lowest level of 15,000 in history set under predecessor Donald Trump, postponed plans to raise it to 62,500, and attracted the outrage of refugee supporters and some Democratic Party lawmakers.
Foreign Minister Antony Blinken told ABC “This week” in an interview aired on Sunday that Biden will reconsider the refugee issue in the coming weeks, but “it will be difficult to reach 62,000. in this fiscal year. ”
“He’s fully committed to making sure that America not only welcomes refugees … but we push the line. He’s committed to that and he will do it,” Jake said. Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, told Fox News Sunday.
As criticism intensified over the original decision, the White House released a statement on Friday saying Biden would set a “final, increased refugee limit” for the rest of the fiscal year. This approval is 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. as a way 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.
The president’s cautious approach seems tied to the optical concerns of accepting more refugees at a time when the number of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border has increased in recent months.
Sullivan denied that Biden had broken his previous promise about refugees. He said the allocation under the current refugee limit of 15,000 included “uninhabited” from Africa, but Biden changed this allocation.
“He is currently allowing refugees to board the plane today,” Sullivan told CNN.
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