The Biden admin has plans to announce on Thursday that they will increase the number of refugees who are allowed to come in the United States, a push after historic low arrivals under former President Trump.
Former President Trump had drastically reduced the refugee admissions cap to only 15,000 before he left office. Biden’s plan would raise that number to 125,000.
The refugee cap increase builds on a series of executive actions from President Joe Biden which are aimed at setting a new course for US immigration policy following the Trump administration’s hardline approach.
On Tuesday, the President Biden signed three executive orders that largely direct reviews of Trump-era policies, including the establishment of a task force designed to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border.
“I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy,” Biden said at the White House, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris. “This is about how America’s safer, stronger, more prosperous when we have a fair, orderly, and humane legal immigration system.”
Building up refugee admissions had been a focus between the Biden transition team and the Department of Homeland Security, which plays a role in the process.
Another issue that may be addressed Thursday is a review of vetting procedures, according to the officials and others.
The Trump administration had put in place extreme background checks that had brought the program to a standstill, advocates say.
Sources: Newsmax, Reuters, CBS News, and Politico; Photo: Getty Images