SAN DIEGO (TN) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday kept the country’s cap on refugee admissions for the 2023 budget year at 125,000, despite pressure from advocates to meet the need after falling far short of that target this year.
Refugee advocates are pushing the Biden administration to do more to restore the US refugee admissions program. The program faced deep cuts under the Trump administration, which reduced admissions to a record low.
Biden raised that amount to four times this year, according to the latest count in August, but has admitted fewer than 20,000 refugees so far this budget year. The budget year ends on 30 September.
Biden said in his presidential decision that admission should be earmarked for 40,000 refugees from Africa, 35,000 from South Asia, and 15,000 refugees each from East Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Krish O’Mara Vignaraja, head of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, said the Biden administration must now work with the United Nations to reform the US refugee program, which has reported a record 100 million people displaced from their homes .
“If this lifesaving program is to remain relevant in the midst of an unprecedented global displacement crisis, it must accelerate and streamline foreign processing of refugee applications,” she said in a statement.