President Joe Biden announced Monday that he would be raising the refugee admissions cap for the current fiscal year to 62,500 from the previous administration’s 15,000 refugee cap.
In a statement, Biden said that the new 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.”
“It is important to take this action today to remove any lingering doubt in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much, and who are anxiously waiting for their new lives to begin,” the statement continued.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program states that under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), “a refugee is an alien who, generally, has experienced past persecution or has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”