A new decision by US President Joe Biden aroused the anger of his allies and angered refugee advocates. The emergency decision included accelerating the admission of refugees to the United States, but kept the low ceiling of his predecessor, Donald Trump, which is 15 thousand refugees for this year.
For their part, refugee resettlement agencies praised the faster admissions and the provision of more outlets, but expressed frustration that Biden did not amend the ceiling set by Trump, the lowest level since the program was launched 41 years ago.
Then the White House announced that a final refugee ceiling would be set by May 15, while White House spokeswoman Jane Sackey said that Biden’s original plan to raise the maximum number of refugees to 62,500 this year appears “unlikely.”
It is noteworthy that since the start of the fiscal year on October 1, just over 2,000 refugees have been resettled in the United States.