Biden released a statement on Sunday June 20th for “World Refugee Day” announcing his revision to America’s immigration policy.
“Protecting refugees is part of our DNA. Our nation was founded by those fleeing religious persecution. When we take action to help refugees around the world, we honor our past and live up to our highest values. We show our greatest strength as a nation.”
“We do this because it’s the right thing to do, but make no mistake: helping refugees helps the United States, too, bringing greater regional stability and making the world a safer place for all of us.”
“That’s why I revised the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year, and plan to raise it to 125,000 next year. While meeting these targets will be a challenge, I have directed my Administration to work as quickly as possible to rebuild and improve refugee processing and to expand our capacity to admit refugees.”
“The United States must reject the previous administration’s cruel legacy of anti-refugee policies and return to our longstanding bipartisan tradition of providing safety to the world’s most vulnerable refugees,” the senators, with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard J. Durbin wrote to the White House on Tuesday.
“If the cap is at that or close to that, it will continue to be challenging,” Jen Psaki said.
Psaki continued “We want to send a clear message, we are welcoming refugees,”
In February, Biden signed executive orders on immigration reform. The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are only two examples of immigration “reform” happening under the Biden Administration.
On April 16th, President Biden’s Administration made the announcement to leave the cap on refugees at 15,000, the record-low ceiling set by Former President Donald Trump
On May 3rd, President Biden released a statement “Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year. 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. The new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees, so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year.”
Senator Tom Cotton tweeted a response to the statement, expressing his concern for the U.S. economy:
If the current neglect of our U.S. Border crisis is any indication of Biden’s “Plan for Refugees”— the resources available for the Refugees coming into our country may be less than sufficient to provide basic human needs. Not only that, but this may also impact America’s economy and the focus of our government budget. For a President and Administration so adamant to reform America’s immigration policy, it’s hard to believe that not only have we have lost control of the U.S. Border, but that our own elected officials must be begged by both Congress, the Former President, and the American people, to even plan a visit. For the sake of the immigrants coming into this country, we should be able to provide basic resources, and in order to do that America must build back its post-pandemic economy first. As the saying goes—“You can’t help others until you help yourself”. In this case it’s the lives, health, and safety of the people we are inviting in.