President Biden Turns His Back on Refugees By Low Refugee Admissions

Earlier on Friday April 16 the Biden administration had said it would keep the number of refugees allowed into the United States this

And at a time when we're facing the world's worst refugee crisis, the USA resettles less than half of 1 percent of the world's refugees, which means that this very narrow lifeline of protection needs to be not only preserved, but expanded to really help those individuals who can not go home or locally integrate. "Say it ain't so, President Joe".

"The President's directive today has been the subject of some confusion", Psaki said in a statement.

Led by Representative Ilhan Omar, who was a refugee herself when she arrived in the United States as a child, the letter highlighted the lawmakers' concerns over the Biden administration's lack of movement toward reversing Trump's drastic refugee policy.

The Biden administration has given no explanation as to why the president has kept the refugee admissions cap.

Facing mounting criticism from Democratic allies, the White House said President Joe Biden plans to lift his predecessor's historically low cap on refugees by next month, after initially saying that he would leave the cap in place.

But Biden for two months did not sign a presidential determination that would have allowed refugees to board flights to the United States.

Biden is changing that by allowing refugees into the United States based on the region they are fleeing.

"Refugee resettlement has nothing to do with what is happening at the border".

Instead, he will keep the Trump-era cap in place at 15,000 people for the current fiscal year, which lasts until the end of September, according to a senior Biden administration official. Trump had blocked many Muslim and African refugees by prioritizing smaller groups of refugees, like Iraqi Christians.

"Given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited, and burdens on the Office of Refugee Resettlement, his initial goal of 62,500 seems unlikely", wrote Psaki in a statement.

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Under Biden's new plan, the 15,000 slots would be allocated this way: 7,000 for Africa, 1,000 for East Asia, 1,500 for Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 1,500 from the Near East and South Asia, and 1,000 for an unallocated reserve. A senior administration official said Biden's new allocations, formalised in an emergency presidential determination, could result in speedier admissions of already screened and vetted refugees in a manner of days.

"If possible, the president can really hear our suffering because we want to come to the nation to find our life, to improve our lives", Majaliwa said. However, she did not say what the new limit would be. But migrants at the border seeking asylum are processed in an entirely separate system than refugees fleeing persecution overseas. "America has always been able to walk and chew gum".

While those who step on USA soil are legally entitled to apply for asylum and can eventually appear before an immigration judge in the United States, refugees apply for protection overseas and are forced to clear multiple levels of vetting that can often take years. The office's 2020 budget was 1.3 billion dollars.

Minors who enter the United States are entitled to request asylum and must be placed in a shelter managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, while refugees are not allowed to enter the country until they have passed multiple levels of vetting by the Departments of State and Homeland Security.

The Biden administration has been heavily criticized for not doing the same.

© Elias Marcou/Reuters, FILE Refugees and migrants make their way in the Mavrovouni camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, March 29, 2021. "President Biden has broken his promise to restore our humanity".

Earlier this week, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) released a report showing that the United States was on track to accept the smallest number of refugees ever recorded within any given year.

Christelle Igihozo, a college student in Boise, Idaho, arrived in the United States in 2018, having fled the Republic of Congo with her mother and four siblings when she was a child.

"This is really frustrating and heartbreaking", Igihozo said. "It is shameful that @POTUS is reneging on a key promise to welcome refugees, moments after @RepSchakowsky @RepJayapal, myself and others called on him to increase the refugee cap".

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