Washington Post: White House considering setting refugee cap at original proposal of 62,500
April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The White House is reconsidering raising the number of refugees allowed into the US to about 62,500, its original goal, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The White House had previously announced that Biden would "set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15" and officials signaled that that Biden is likely to raise the current refugee cap of 15,000 before that deadline.
On April 16, the White House announced it would keep this fiscal year's refugee cap of 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump, and not raise the cap as Biden had promised to do.
After swift criticism from refugee advocacy groups and Democrats in Congress, the White House announced hours later that Biden would set a "final, increased" refugee cap by mid-May. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that it's "unlikely" the number would be as high as the 62,500 cap proposed earlier this year "given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited, and burdens on the Office of Refugee Resettlement. "