President Biden will officially raise the refugee ceiling to 62,500 this fiscal year after being met with Democratic outrage last month when he announced plans to keep the lower Trump-era cap in place, according to reports.
The change, reported by the Associated Press, comes after the administration said last month that Biden would sign an emergency determination to speed the processing of prospective refugees, but would not raise the Trump administration’s refugee cap of 15,000-per-year, prompting reports that he had abandoned an earlier pledge to raise the cap.
The White House reversed course hours later after significant pushback from Democrats and immigration activists, with White House Press Secretary Psaki claiming that the president’s earlier directive had been the subject of “some confusion.”
At the time, she claimed that Biden would look to announce a higher ceiling than 15,000 in May, though she said it would be difficult to meet the president’s initial goal of allowing 62,500 refugees into the country this year because of changes imposed by Trump.
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