President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the cap on refugees admitted into the country to 62,500, up from the 15,000 cap the administration said would remain in place last month.
The move comes after the administration faced backlash from progressives who blasted the president for maintaining the the number put in place by the Trump administration.
Democratic lawmakers on the party’s left flank slammed Biden for not meeting the 62,500 cap, despite plans to raise it to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, which were laid out in his proposal to Congress earlier this year.
Shortly after the blowback, the White House reversed course stating it would unveil a number higher than the 15,000 cap by mid-May.
“Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year. This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as