President Joe Biden signed an emergency determination on Friday that officials have said will speed up the admission of refugees into the United States, however, he did not take action to lift former President Donald Trump’s low cap of 15,000 refugees for the year.
Instead, the president is making adjustments to the limits set by Trump, which officials have stated are the driving force behind placing limits on refugee admissions. These new allocations will provide many additional slots for refugees coming from Africa, the Middle East, and Central America, along with lifting restrictions from Somalia, Yemen, and Syria.
Since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1, just over 2,000 refugees have been resettled in the U.S. A senior administration official said Biden’s new allocations could result in speedier admissions of already screened and vetted refugees in a manner of days.
More than two months ago, 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, but acknowledged it wouldn’t be easy.
“It’s going to take time to rebuild what has been so badly damaged, but that’s precisely what we’re going to do,” Biden said in February at the State Department.
Under Biden’s new allocation, about 7,000 slots are reserved for refugees from Africa, 1,000 from East Asia, 1,500 from Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 1,600 from the Near East and South Asia, and a reserve of about 1,000 slots to be used as needed.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki then went on to say on Friday that the delay in Biden’s acting was because “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.”
Well, one thing’s for sure. This country wouldn’t be in the horrible mess that it’s currently right now with the border crisis had our failure of a president not tossed out Trump’s immigration policies.