2021년 05월 07일 금요일
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Joe Biden raises Trump refugee cap after backlash

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-05-05 02:50

President Biden is facing a record surge of immigrants at the US-Mexico border. (Photo by= Getty Images)

[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] President Joe Biden has lifted the US annual refugee cap, bowing to backlash from his party after he initially opted to stick by the Trump-era figure. BBC reported that the Democratic president is raising the cap from 15,000 to 62,500 after outrage from progressives and refugee agencies.

Mr. Biden said the lower figure "did not reflect America's values". Reports said the president was concerned about letting in more people amid a record influx at the US-Mexico border. He also said his administration intended to raise the number of refugees admitted next year to 125,000. But he acknowledged the "sad truth" that the US wouldn't achieve either target this year or next, arguing that his administration had to "undo the damage" of the previous one.

The Refugee Processing Center said around 2,000 refugees were let into the US between October and March. Meanwhile, Mr. Biden promised during his election campaign to hike the US cap on refugees. However, in April he stunned many supporters with an emergency declaration that the admission of up to 15,000 refugees was "justified by humanitarian concerns and is otherwise in the national interest". The president instead lifted restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and provided more slots to arrivals from Africa, the Middle East, and Central America.



 

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