President Joe Biden has raised the cap for refugee admissions into the United States to 62,500, in a U-turn that more than quadruples the limit set by his predecessor.
“Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year.
“This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said in a statement on Monday.
He said that the 62,500 cap was unlikely to be reached this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
“We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already underway,” he added.
The previous limit for the last fiscal year was 18,000.
In 2016, then-president Barack Obama’s last full year in office, about 85,000 refugees were allowed into the U.S.