BREAKING: Biden quadruples refugee cap to 62,500 after criticism from progressive Dems

President Biden has increased the limit of refugee admissions to 62,500 for this fiscal year on Monday following pressure from progressive Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Biden said in a statement “this erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.”

“The new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees, so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year,” he added.

Per Fox News “Biden increased the refugee cap just weeks after he announced his intent to maintain a 15,000-refugee cap first imposed by former President Donald Trump. The initial limit drew outrage from prominent Democrats, who accused Biden of moving too slowly to reverse Trump-era refugee entry policies.”

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez declared victory after the White House declared Biden would lift Trump-era refugee caps after facing sharp blowback from progressives.

AOC wrote:

This is a testament to the power that people’s movements, community advocates, & progressive coalitions have built.

Thankful for that and the Biden admin’s decision to respond to organizers today.

Now let’s get these families to their new homes here in the United States

AOC had previously responded to a NY Times report that “the Biden administration will keep its cap on refugee admissions at the low level set by the Trump White House, walking back an earlier pledge.”

AOC wrote:

Completely and utterly unacceptable. Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise.

Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong.

Keep your promise.