According to Reuters, U.S. President Biden said on February 4 local time that he would increase the annual refugee intake in the United States to 125,000 starting from next fiscal year, which is more than eight times higher than the policy of former President Donald Trump.
Biden said in a speech to the U.S. State Department of State that he would promise to restore the historic role of the United States as a welcome refugees from all over the world and to strengthen the capacity of the United States to host refugees under “unprecedented global needs”.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 1.4 million refugees worldwide are in urgent need. New resettlement.
Biden said he would increase the number of refugees admitted by the Trump administration from 15,000 to 125,000 starting next fiscal year, October 1, 2021.
Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, director of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Bureau, said in a statement that Biden’s decision to raise the refugee cap “save hundreds of thousands of lives trying to escape violence and persecution.”
The move has caused Republican dissatisfaction, and Sen.
Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, criticized Biden’s plan to increase the number of refugees in a statement, saying that it would “place the work and safety of Americans at risk in the coronavirus pandemic.”