After criticism, Biden says he will raise US cap on refugee admissions

19th Apr, 2021

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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Russia in the East Room at the White House in Washington, US, April 15, 2021 Reuters


President Joe Biden said on Saturday he will raise the cap on the number of refugees admitted this year to the United States, a day after he drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers for agreeing to keep the historically low figure in place. Biden signed an order on Friday extending a 15,000 refugee admissions cap issued by his predecessor Donald Trump through the end of September. In signing the order, Biden shelved a plan announced in February to increase the cap to 62,500.

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