WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is formally raising the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year.
The move comes weeks after Biden faced bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling of 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump.
Refugee resettlement agencies have waited for Biden to quadruple the number of refugees allowed into the United States since Feb. 12, when a presidential proposal was submitted to Congress saying he planned to do so.
But the presidential determination went unsigned until Monday.
Biden says it was important to raise the number to show “America’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable."