Add news
Ichigo Tanuki x Angels - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (ABBA cover)
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021
News Every Day |

Psaki defends administration's messaging on refugee cap

Psaki defends administration's messaging on refugee cap

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday tried to rebut criticism of the Biden administration’s refugee admissions plan after its faltering rollout at the end of last week.

President Joe Biden on Friday signed an emergency presidential decree that would keep in place the 15,000-refugee cap for the current fiscal year set by former President Donald Trump.

Immigration advocates and refugee resettlement organizations quickly decried the decision as a betrayal of promises made by Biden to break from Trump’s hard-line policies, and the White House later responded by stating it would unveil an increase to the refugee cap by mid-May at the latest.

Earlier this year the president promised to raise the cap for the upcoming fiscal year to 125,000, and the State Department later notified Congress that its plan for the current fiscal year was to allow up to 62,500 refugees to resettle in the country.

Psaki asserted on Monday that those figures were intended to be “aspirational goals” and sought to refute the idea that the administration flip-flopped on Friday in the wake of heavy pushback from advocates and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

“This was always meant to be just the beginning,” Psaki said during the daily press briefing.

“That was not clearly understood,” she said at another point, and argued she was merely continuing to clarify the administration’s position.

She added that the administration had “every intention” of setting a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15, as previously announced, and that Biden remained committed to the ultimate goal of raising the annual cap to 125,000 refugees.

Psaki and other White House officials have said the issue has been complicated by the government also having to address the number of unaccompanied child migrants arriving at the southern border. Some advocates have questioned that explanation, noting that they are handled through separate legal processes.

About 35,000 refugees are already approved to resettle in the U.S., which advocates point to as evidence that the number can and should be higher than the limit set under Trump.

Psaki said there were other policies enacted by the previous administration that hamstrung refugee resettlements, and pointed to Biden’s removing Trump-era constraints on how many refugees can come from a particular region.

Following Biden’s action, the revised allocations for this fiscal year are 7,000 refugees from Africa, 1,000 from East Asia, 1,500 from Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 1,500 from the Near East and South Asia. An additional 1,000 refugees were not allocated on a regional basis.

“It was always meant to be a first step,” Psaki said.

Read also

Amaechi inaugurates panel to probe alleged NPA unremitted cash

Florida man arrested after bragging he was at Capitol riot on Facebook: ‘You know I was there, right?’

'Lethal-looking, burly, bearded man' lied he was RNC 'security' during Virginia ballot counting

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here
News Every Day

Using a car alternator with a bike to power my home? How much energy can I produce!