Biden Raises Refugee Cap To 62,500 Amid Progressive Outcry
President Joe Biden announced he is raising the cap on refugees admitted into the country to 62,500, up from the 15,000 cap the administration said would remain in place last month.
The move comes after Biden faced backlash from progressives who blasted the president for maintaining the the number put in place by the Trump administration.
Democratic lawmakers on the party’s left flank slammed Biden for not meeting the 62,500 cap, despite plans to raise it to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, which were laid out in his proposal to Congress earlier this year.
Shortly after the blowback, the White House reversed course stating it would unveil a number higher than the 15,000 cap by mid-May.