Tuesday, September 21, 2021
The Biden administration yesterday proposed increasing the refugee admissions ceiling to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, which would be a return to previous levels after record lows under the Trump administration.
This is the second proposed refugee ceiling increase from the Biden administration, which initially raised the admissions cap in May to 62,500 from President Trump’s historic low of 15,000.
According to NPR, the State Department set the proposed annual cap in a report to Congress, saying there was unprecedented number of displaced people around the world because of conflict, humanitarian crises and climate change.
Officials had earlier announced their intention to raise it to 125,000 for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.