- The US says it can double the variety of refugees, additionally from Afghanistan within the coming yr.
- By saying this, Biden has reversed the step of the Trump administration that introduced the variety of refugees to fifteen,000.
- In 2021, the US will settle for 62,000 Afghan refugees and can push the quantity to 125,000 in 2022.
WASHINGTON: The Biden administration introduced Monday that it could double the variety of refugees it can settle for within the coming fiscal yr to 125,000, amid rising strain from individuals fleeing Afghanistan and different nations.
President Joe Biden has reversed a development begun by predecessor Donald Trump to push down the variety of refugees accepted annually to some thousand.
Trump set the official cap for the present fiscal yr, ending on September 30, at simply 15,000, and really admitted far lower than that.
Biden overrode that quantity after he got here into workplace, pushing it again as much as 62,500.
For fiscal 2022, the extent will rise to 125,000.
“In the present day, the State Division is reaffirming our dedication to refugee resettlement according to our lengthy custom of offering a secure haven and alternative to people fleeing persecution,” mentioned spokesperson Ned Value.
“With the world going through unprecedented international displacement and humanitarian wants, the USA is dedicated to main efforts to supply safety and promote sturdy options to humanitarian crises,” Value mentioned in an announcement.
The announcement got here as Washington is making an attempt to assist 1000’s of people that labored for US forces in Afghanistan to flee the nation and resettle in the USA.
A few of these may fall below the refugee program and others below one other program of “particular immigrant visas.”
The announcement additionally got here as US authorities had been repatriating 1000’s of migrants who’ve crossed the US border with Mexico into Del Rio, Texas, in latest weeks.
Many are Haitians who’ve fled that nation’s persistent struggling resulting from political instability, earthquakes and hurricanes.