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Biden will increase the number of refugees in America by 800 percent

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Biden will increase the number of refugees in America by 800 percent
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If the assumed future President-elect Joe Biden has his way America will take more refugees in his first year set the refugee cap than President Donald Trump has authorized for resettlement during his entire presidency.

Biden lobbied to say that he would encourage 125,000 refugees to enter the country in his first year in office.

On Thursday, he repeated the number at the event marking the 40th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service, according to the Religion News Service.

According to Reuters, Trump had set the fiscal cap of 15,000 in 2021. The 2020 ceiling was set at 20,000 refugees. Trump raised the 2019 cap at 30,000 immigrants, according to The New York Times.

Biden’s figures are far better than the boundaries set by former President Barack Obama. In fiscal 2017, the last year of the Obama administration, according to the Pew Research Center, the refugee cap was 110,000. The 2016 threshold was set at 85 000.

“The United States has long been a source of hope for the downtrodden and poor, the pioneer in the resettlement of refugees in our humanitarian response,” Biden said in a pre-recorded recording, according to the Religion News Service.

“I pledge, as President, that I will reclaim that proud legacy for our country. The Biden-Harris administration will restore America’s historic position in helping displaced people and upholding refugee rights everywhere, raising our annual refugee resettlement target to 125,000.”

“The fact that he has decided to make this announcement with us tonight is a sign that President-elect Joe Biden is upholding his faith when it comes to American policy to defend and accept refugees,” said Jesuit Refugee Service Director of Advocacy and Activities Giulia McPherson in a statement.

“It is not only encouraging that the United States will once again accept refugees at a historically high pace, but it is also vital that we hear the President-elect talk in the language of social justice about the rights of refugees and our call as persons of faith and as Americans to follow them to freedom,” McPherson said.

Some shared concerns about the surplus of refugees that Biden is looking to resettle.


However, even if Biden assumes office and tries to enact his strategy, it does not happen immediately, according to NPR, Becca Heller, Executive Director of the International Refugee Assistance Network.

“The point is not to reach 125,000—the point is to signal both to the rest of the world and to the domestic community of our own government that this is a priority again,” she said.

“It’s less significant if we touch the exact number and more relevant if we say, ‘Refugee admission is very important. We’re going to target at this high number to invest in infrastructure to get as soon as we can,” she said.

But Trump’s cuts left organizations that rely on refugee resettlement for their cash flow to slash workers, which ensures that it would take years for the refugee pipeline to resume running at its former levels, even with an estimated 120,000 refugees at different stages of seeking entry to the country.

Will the refugee quota be increased?

“We are staring at a very significant upsurge, and over the past four years, the refugee relocation scheme has been slashed by 85 percent and completely destroyed,” says David5-007, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

There is also the reality of COVID-19, which has been cited as a reason why the U.S. has not met refugee numbers in recent months.

“For the first 100 days, the Biden government would have very little bandwidth to work with anything other than COVID. We’ve never had a problem like this before,” said Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute.

“We can’t expect a massive leap in immigration policies. If people expect this to happen tomorrow, they’ll be in for a major surprise,” he said.

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