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Politics Biden, who called Trump-era refugee cap ‘immoral,’ leaves Trump-era refugee cap in place

00:10  17 april  2021
00:10  17 april  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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President Joe Biden kept the U.S. refugee cap at a historically low 15,000, a rate set by Donald Trump, and opted against his promise to raise the rate. Liberals immediately slammed his decision. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Biden of 'upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump ' era . White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the decision. 'This step lifts the restrictions put in place by prior Administration on where refugees can come from. We need to rebuild resettlement program and we are committed to continuing to increase refugee numbers,' she wrote on Twitter.

In February, Biden pledged to raise the refugee cap for the next fiscal year to 125,000 and signaled he would try to make a “down payment” on that this year. However, Biden is instead adjusting the allocation limits set by the former president, which officials said have been the driving factor in limiting refugee admissions. The new allocations provide more spaces for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America, and lift Trump ’s restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

President Joe Biden really is all talk.

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The president has reversed course on his pledge to roll back immediately the Trump-era restrictions on the number of refugees admitted annually into the United States. Instead, he will leave in place for the remainder of 2021 the limit of 15,000 set by the previous administration.

It was just last week, on April 8, that White House press secretary Jen Psaki assured reporters the president “remains committed to raising the cap” to allow more than 62,500 refugees to enter the U.S. in 2021. The White House cited this figure specifically in February when it informed Congress of its goals for the fiscal year.

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Biden to keep refugee admissions at trump - era levels, despite earlier moves to increase IT. "It took us some time to see and evaluate how ineffective, or how trashed in some ways the refugee processing system had become, and so we had to rebuild some of those muscles and put it back in place ," she said. However, an earlier report said that Biden had become concerned about political optics of raising the cap amid a surge in migrants at the southern border that has overwhelmed officials -- although refugees are handled by separate systems to asylum seekers at the

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Now, however, CNN reports that the White House will allow the same cap the president railed against so frequently and passionately to stay in place this year, lest an immediate increase in the number of admitted refugees contributes to the poor “optics” stemming from the immigration crisis on the southern border. (These are separate issues, by the way — illegal immigration and refugee status are not directly connected with one another. Leave it up to the wonder brains in Washington to make decisions based on conflating the two.)

President Joe Biden has resisted signing off on raising the Trump-era refugee cap because of political optics,” CNN reported.

The story added, “The President's hesitation comes as the administration faces heat from Republicans and Democrats for its handling of an influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border.”

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2. He's keeping Trump 's cap in place for now because his people need time to fundamentally reorient the prioritization of refugees . Under Obama, more Muslims were coming to America as refugees than Christians for the first time. Even though Christians are far more persecuted in far more countries than Muslims. Muslims tend to live in Muslim-majority countries that their ancestors had conquered, colonized, and enslaved, while many Christians are colonized populations living under religious persecution in the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia. President Trump altered the system again

He can change the refugee cap with the stroke of his pen. Biden simply hasn’t gotten around to it. CNN cites unnamed sources who say Biden has resisted signing off on raising the Trump - era refugee cap because of political optics.

This is a hell of a heel turn for a guy who loudly and repeatedly condemned the limits imposed by the Trump White House. Recall how often Biden hammered away at this issue specifically, both before and after the 2020 election.

"The United States has long stood as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden and the oppressed, a leader of resettling refugees in our humanitarian response,” he said on Nov. 12 of last year following the election.

Biden added, "I promise, as president, I will reclaim that proud legacy for our country. The Biden-Harris administration will restore America's historic role in protecting the vulnerable and defending the rights of refugees everywhere and raising our annual refugee admission target to 125,000."

As of this writing, a mere 2,050 refugees have been admitted this year into the U.S.

During a 2020 Democratic primary debate, Biden accused former President Donald Trump of “ruining” the asylum process.

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President Joe Biden has resisted signing off on raising the Trump - era refugee cap because of political optics, sources have told CNN. When Biden 's signature didn't come, her ticket was canceled, and because she is now in her third trimester, she can no longer travel. Another proposal has now sprung up: The administration is considering stripping restrictions put in place by Trump's Presidential Determination to cast a wider net of refugees who can arrive in the US, until the ceiling is raised, CNN has learned.

President Biden ’s decision to maintain a Trump - era refugee cap drew swift blowback from Democrats and immigration advocates, many of whom were baffled by the administration’s move.

“This country can tolerate a heck of a lot more people,” he said. “And the reason we’re the country we are is we’ve been able to cherry-pick from the best of every culture. Immigrants built this country.”

In June 2020, Biden characterized Trump administration refugee restrictions as “immoral,” adding, “Donald Trump has made clear that he does not believe our country should be a place of refuge.”

“This cannot stand,” he said. “I believe that resettling refugees helps reunite families, enriches the fabric of America, and enhances our standing, influence, and security in the world.”

“I will … establish a minimum admissions number of at least 95,000 refugees annually,” Biden promised. “We all must stand together and recommit to building a more inclusive and welcoming America. That’s how we will restore the soul of our nation.”

Earlier than even that, in 2019, Biden wrote, “My faith teaches me that we should be a nation that once again welcomes the stranger and shows a preferential option for the poor, remembering how so many of us and our ancestors came here in a similar way.”

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He added, “It’s not enough to just wish the world were better. It’s our duty to make it so.”

That's some tough talk coming from Biden. And that's all it ever was — talk.

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Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' .
President Biden on Saturday explained his initial decision to not increase the limit on refugee admissions to the United States. Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Del., at the end of a golf session Saturday, Biden explained that he couldn't initially increase the cap due to burdens that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is facing because of an influx of unaccompanied child migrants at the southern border. "We're going to increase theSpeaking to reporters in Wilmington, Del.

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