President Joe Biden speaks to staff of the US State Department during his first see in Washington, DC, February 4, 2021.
President Joe Biden revealed Thursday he plans to raise the cap on the variety of refugees allowed to get in the U.S. as he inherits a resettlement program whittled down by previous President Donald Trump.
” Today, I’m approving an executive order to begin the effort of restoring our refugee admissions program to assist satisfy the unmatched global need,” Biden said. “It’s going to require time to rebuild what has actually been so severely damaged.”
When Trump took workplace in 2017, the refugee ceiling for the set by President Barack Obama stood at 110,000. Trump left office after setting a cap of just 15,000 for the current fiscal year– the lowest level given that the passage of the Refugee Act in 1980.
Biden promised to increase the yearly refugee admissions cap to 125,000 in the 12-month period starting Oct. 1. The president needs to seek advice from Congress prior to setting the annual limit.
” We hope this signals that the U.S. is going to take a management role on transplanting individuals who require it,” said Yael Schacher, senior U.S. supporter for independent advocacy group Refugees International. “This is an actually crucial reset for the United States.”
The president also stated he would issue a directive to agencies to promote LGBTQIA rights globally, consisting of safeguarding LGBTQIA refugees and asylum candidates.
Biden’s statement follows he signed executive orders Tuesday to develop a task force to reunite migrant kids with their households, address root causes of migration from Central America, and examine the legal migration system.
The decline in the number of refugee arrivals throughout Trump’s presidency has actually gutted the country’s resettlement facilities, with companies shuttering workplaces and laying off staff. Approximately a 3rd of regional resettlement offices across the nation closed or suspended operations as of April 2019, according to an October report by the Penn Biden Center.
” The resettlement program has sustained a destructive hit,” said Refugee Council USA’s director of Policy and Practice Danielle Grigsby. “The administration’s speedy action to increase refugee admissions will facilitate this lifesaving and community structure program’s renewal.”
President Barack Obama set the refugee ceiling at 85,000 in 2016, his last complete in workplace. The State Department reported 84,994 refugee arrivals during that time frame, the highest number since 1999.
The following fiscal year, during which Trump took office, the State Department reported only 53,716 arrivals.
The U.S. had led the world in refugee resettlements considering that 1980, until Canada took the top spot in 2018 and 2019, according to the most recent United Nations reports.
Fewer than 1,000 refugees were processed by the end of December 2020 under Trump’s 15,000-person cap, State Department data programs.