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Canada United States. Faced with criticism, Joe Biden increases the number of refugees authorized on American soil

08:30  04 may  2021
08:30  04 may  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The US President officially turned back on Monday, announcing a threshold of 62,500 refugees admitted to the United States in 2021. The US President had been strongly criticized by the Democrat camp after the decision to maintain a ceiling of 15,000 people. fixed by its predecessor, Donald Trump.

The US President Joe Biden decided Monday, May 3, to increase the number of refugees potentially admitted to the United States for the current year after procrastination that had earned him strong criticism.

This decision, very awaited in the Democratic camp, allows him a little more than 100 days after his arrival in power to finally mark the break with Donald Trump , who had fixed a historically low ceiling of 15,000 people.

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For next year, the tenant of the White House has set a threshold of 125,000 refugees, while stressing that this objective, like the current year, would be difficult to achieve because of the need of "rebuild The refugee admission program.

"We are working hard to repair the damage for the last four years" , he insured in a statement.

This program only concerns refugees selected by the US security and intelligence agencies in the camps around the world to be resettled in the United States, mainly among the most vulnerable.

If the Democratic President insists that his decision erases the figure that had been fixed by his predecessor and "did not reflect the values ​​of America" ​​, he does not mention the imbroglio of recent weeks.

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Cacophony

evoking, in early February, the "80 million displaced people who suffer in the world" , Joe Biden had announced, as he had engaged in the field, his intention to multiply by eight the number of refugees that could to be admitted to the United States.

But, to the general surprise, he had chosen, mid-April, to temporarily maintain the ceiling fixed by his republican predecessor.

The particularly cocophonic communication of the White House in the following days had helped to feed critics.

The member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , a figure of the left wing of the party, had denounced a choice "absolutely unacceptable" .

Completely and Utterly Unacceptable. Biden Promised to Welcome Immigrants, and People Voted for Him Based on That Promise.

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Keep Your Promise. https://t.co/a82xyf1xpr

- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 16, 2021

"Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him on the basis of this promise. Keeping the Xenophobic and Racist policies of the Trump administration " is " simply badly ", had it tweed.

"Open our doors is part of our DNA»

The Democratic President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, Bob Mendez, who had said high and strong his discontent praised the announcement of Monday, seeing "an important step In order to protect the "tradition" American refugee protection.

The figure of 15,000 refugees had been announced nearly a month before the November 2020 presidential election permanently lost by Donald Trump. The billionaire had made the fight against immigration - legal as illegal - one of the markers of his presidency.

Under the mandate of its predecessor, the Democrat Barack Obama , 100,000 people were welcomed every year on average.

"Open our doors to those who need a refuge is part of our DNA as a country" , highlighted the leader of American diplomacy Antony Blinken.

"And it is in our national interest to treat individuals who are candidates for these programs fairly, with dignity and respect" , added the Secretary of State.

NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 6, 2021 .
Players in the protocol are: Colorado's Devan Dubnyk and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov.Calgary – TBA (previously Josh Leivo)

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