US President Joe Biden announced yesterday that 62,500 refugees are still welcome in the United States this year. He made this decision after strong criticism from humanitarian organizations.
The maximum number of 15,000 refugees “did not reflect the values of a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said. According to the president, this is an important decision. This can allay the doubts of refugees “who are eagerly awaiting the start of their new life”.
These are people who live in conflict zones and obtain a residence permit while still living outside the United States. So it’s not about refugees coming to America from Mexico. People who arrive at the US border and seek asylum find themselves in a different system.
Objective unreachable this year
Biden added that the “sad truth” is that the 62,500 will not be reached this year. “We are working hard to repair the damage of the past four years,” Biden said. According to many Democrats, that’s still not enough. Former President Barack Obama admitted 110,000 refugees a year.
Next year, the United States wants to welcome 125,000 refugees.