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Biden Backtracks, Quadruples Refugee Cap Only 2 Weeks After Saying Trump Numbers Would Remain

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On Monday President Joe Biden announced he is quadrupling the number of refugees who will be allowed admittance to the United States. “I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year” said Biden.

In order to make it unequivocally clear that he has pandered to pressure from the left and anti-Trumpers, Biden added, “This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s value as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.”

Biden continued, “The new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already under way 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.”

Oddly, only two weeks ago, the white House announced it would keep the cap at the previously implemented 15,000 for the current fiscal year. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also made a statement after the president. “It is in our DNA as a nation to open our door to those seeking refuge, and it remains in our national interest to treat individuals applying for these programs fairly and with dignity and respect.”

In his statement, Biden also took the opportunity to speak directly to those searching for “new lives” and blamed Trump once again. Biden is once again doing everything he claims he has not; convincing people to make the risky journey to the U.S. with his rhetoric, albeit not his actions, because he is in fact appearing to immigrants as “a nice guy.”

“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” added Biden. And just to be clear, blame Trump: “The said truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year. We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years. It will take some time, but that work is already under way.”