Biden says he will raise refugee cap to 62,500 but warns the US will not be able to meet his goal
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration said Monday it would allow 62,500 refugees to resettle in the United States this year, reversing course after the White House said it would keep a historically low Trump-era limit.
President Joe Biden made the announcement weeks after he sparked a political uproar from Democrats over an earlier plan to limit refugees to 15,000 – a figure set by former President Donald Trump.
“Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year,” Biden said in a statement. “This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.”
But Biden warned that his administration will likely not be able to admit that many refugees, blaming the previous administration for dismantling the system to process them.
“The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,” Biden said.
“We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway.”