Biden to sign declaration that speeds refugee admissions without raising refugee cap
April 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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President Joe Biden will sign a declaration on Friday to speed refugee admissions to the US but not raise the refugee cap, as he has committed to doing. Instead, he will sign an emergency determination that will cast a wider net of who can arrive to the US under the refugee ceiling currently in place.
(CNN)President Joe Biden will sign a declaration on Friday to speed refugee admissions to the US but not raise the refugee cap, as he has committed to doing.
Instead, he will sign an emergency determination that will cast a wider net of who can arrive to the US under the refugee ceiling currently in place.
CNN previously reported the administration was considering stripping restrictions put in place by former President Donald Trump's presidential determination to cast a wider net of refugees who can arrive in the US.
The Biden administration has come under increased scrutiny over recent weeks for the delay in signing off on the proposed increase to the refugee ceiling.
A group of House Democrats have circulated a letter urging Biden to sign the presidential determination, saying "lives depend on it. "
Biden had resisted raising the Trump-era refugee cap because of political optics, sources have told CNN, at a time when the administration has been facing heat from Republicans and Democrats for its handling of an influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border.
But the situation at the US southern border is separate from the refugee program, which dates back decades and has a thorough vetting process in place for refugees overseas to resettle in the US.
Earlier Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said to expect news on the Biden administration potentially raising the refugee cap when asked if the situation at the US-Mexico border has been the reason for the President's delay.
In February, the State Department presented Congress with a plan to expand the 15,000 refugee cap put in place by Trump to allow up to 62,500 refugees to be resettled in the United States.
The proposal was also in line with Biden's commitment during the campaign to raise the refugee ceiling and return the US to admitting a higher number of refugees after historic low arrivals under Trump.