The White House recommitted to increasing the limit President Donald Trump placed on refugee admissions as the Biden administration confronts a surge in migrant crossings at the southern border.
“The president remains committed to raising the cap,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday.
In February, President Joe Biden and his administration promised to increase the country’s refugee intake to 62,500 this fiscal year, up from 15,000 under Trump.
Biden and his aides, though, haven’t implemented the pledge even after more than 172,000 people tried to cross the border illegally from Mexico last month. That number is the highest monthly total in 15 years and five times more than March 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“There’s a question about signing the paperwork, but it remains a commitment, and when it’s signed, we will update all of