US President Joe Biden has increased the quota for accepting 15,000 refugees set by Donald Trump’s administration for the fiscal year 2021 to 62,500.
Biden issued a written statement on the quota for accepting refugees, which in the Trump era has been reduced to the lowest level in the country’s history.
Announcing that they had increased the quota for refugee admissions to 62,500 for the fiscal year 2021, Biden said, “The historically low quota of 15,000 did not reflect the fact that America accepts and supports refugees as a nation.”
Joe Biden also said they aim to increase the quota to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022.
The White House announced on April 16 that Donald trump’s 15,000 refugee admissions limit for the fiscal year 2021, the “lowest number in history,” would be maintained, prompting the public and some members of Congress.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the final figure would be determined by May 15 by Biden.