Biden raises limit on number of refugees allowed into the US after strong criticism

Biden raises limit on number of refugees allowed into the US after strong criticism President Joe Biden made his promise to raise the num...

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  • Biden raises limit on number of refugees allowed into the US after strong criticism
  • President Joe Biden made his promise to raise the number of refugees official
  • Now the number of refugees will be much higher than during the Trump administration

President Joe Biden made his promise to raise the number of refugees that the United States admits annually official, after he received strong criticism for leaving the number at the same level as former Republican President Donald Trump during his term.

The president, Joe Biden, announced on Monday an increase in the annual number of refugees that the country will allow to enter to 62,500, compared to the 15,000 that his predecessor, Donald Trump, had established and that had not been modified until now by the new Administration, indicates Efe.

Biden raises refugee numbers after strong criticism

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“This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect the values ​​of the United States as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said in a statement distributed by the White House.

Biden recently set out to expand the “eligibility criteria for resettlement,” removing an obstacle for refugees entering the country, an obstacle set by Trump, the AP reveals. However, the president did not raise the number of refugees.

Biden will seek to further expand refugee numbers

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This caused him an ‘avalanche’ of criticism for maintaining the figure of his predecessor, Donald Trump. “It is important to take this step today to remove any lingering doubts in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much and who are eagerly awaiting the beginning of their new lives, ”stated Biden.

In addition, Biden gave hope to further increase the number of refugees. “The new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees.”

How many refugees does Biden seek to allow?

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Biden’s goal has become clear and it is 125,000 refugee admissions, which the leader it aims to achieve for the next fiscal year according to the aforementioned statement. “The United States Refugee Admission Program embodies the United States’ commitment to protecting the most vulnerable,” he added.

“So we are going to rebuild what has been broken and we will work very hard to complete the rigorous screening process for refugees already in the admission process,” Biden said of the new number of refugees admitted to the US.

Biden admits he will not achieve 62,500 refugee admissions

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“The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year. We are working quickly to repair the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway, “he declared in the president in the statement distributed by the White House.

Biden, after blaming the previous administration and said it has “reopened the program to new refugees. And by changing regional allocations last month, we have already increased the number of refugees ready to leave for the United States, ”according to his statement.

Biden admits it will be difficult to reach refugee numbers

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The president also said that: “The budget that I have presented to Congress also reflects my commitment to the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions in the first fiscal year of my presidency. That goal will remain elusive. ”

“We may not make it the first year. But we are going to use all the tools available to help these refugees who have been fully screened and are fleeing the horrible conditions in their countries of origin, “he said.

New refugee figures in the US

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The statement ends by stating that: “This will reaffirm American leadership and American values ​​when it comes to the admission of refugees. According to the order of Biden, the distribution of refugees in the US would be as follows.

Africa will have a number of 22,000 refugees, East Asia with 6,000, Europe and Central Asia will have up to 4,000, Latin America and the Caribbean with 5,000, the Near East and South Asia with 13,000, and the “unallocated reserve” will have 12,500 places.

The number of immigrant minors at the border is reduced

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In addition, in what seems like a victory for the United States government, it was announced this Monday that since March 28, the number of minors in the custody of the Border Patrol (CBP) has been reduced by 88%. English), indicates Efe.

In a message posted on Twitter, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) noted that the current Administration of US President Joe Biden has “mobilized to rebuild the shelter and processing capacity of children with Faster”.

Number of immigrant minors ‘plummets’

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The department reported that on March 28, CBP had more than 5,700 immigrant minors in its custody and “today the figure is 677”, that is, a reduction of almost 88% and clarified that also now “they spend a fraction of the time that they spent barely a month in our care ”.

“After inheriting a system totally dismantled by the previous administration (of former President Donald Trump), DHS acted quickly in response to the increase in unaccompanied minors on the southwest border,” the federal agency added.

Where are the immigrant minors?

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Under the immigration policy of the current administration headed by Democrat Joe Biden, the US continues to expel adult immigrants, but accepts and takes into its custody immigrant minors who arrive alone, recalls Efe.

These immigrants are, initially, in charge of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which must transfer them within 72 hours to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which in March had about 20,000 minors under its custody. custody while searching for relatives in the United States or sponsors.

Was the crisis on the border solved?

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The high number of migrant children, and the shortage of DHS-supervised accommodations, in turn led to an increase in the number of minors who remained in CBP facilities for more than 72 hours. The number of undocumented migrants has been growing for a year, according to Efe.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, indicated this Monday that “DHS personnel have worked tirelessly in recent weeks to respond and rebuild.” “Those efforts have produced substantial results,” he said.

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