WASHINGTON: The Biden administration introduced Monday that it will double the variety of refugees it can settle for within the coming fiscal 12 months to 125,000, amid rising strain from folks fleeing Afghanistan and different nations.
President Joe Biden has reversed a development begun by predecessor Donald Trump to push down the variety of refugees accepted every year to some thousand.
Trump set the official cap for the present fiscal 12 months, ending on September 30, at simply 15,000, and really admitted far lower than that.
Biden overrode that quantity after he got here into workplace, pushing it again as much as 62,500.
For fiscal 2022, the extent will rise to 125,000.
“At this time, the State Division is reaffirming our dedication to refugee resettlement in keeping with our lengthy custom of offering a secure haven and alternative to people fleeing persecution,” stated spokesperson Ned Value.
“With the world dealing with unprecedented international displacement and humanitarian wants, the US is dedicated to main efforts to offer safety and promote sturdy options to humanitarian crises,” Value stated in an announcement.
The announcement got here as Washington is attempting to assist 1000’s of people that labored for US forces in Afghanistan to flee the nation and resettle in the US.
A few of these may fall beneath the refugee program and others beneath one other program of “particular immigrant visas.”
The announcement additionally got here as US authorities had been repatriating 1000’s of migrants who’ve crossed the US border with Mexico into Del Rio, Texas, in current weeks.
Many are Haitians who’ve fled that nation’s continual struggling as a result of political instability, earthquakes and hurricanes.