Biden aims to welcome 125,000 refugees next year

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The Biden administration informed Congress on Monday that it hopes to welcome 125,000 refugees in fiscal 2022, envisioning a massive ramp-up in admissions even as the government struggles to handle its current challenges at the southern border and with Afghan evacuees.
President Biden during the 2020 presidential campaign had promised that high level of refugees but failed to reach it this year, blaming predecessor Donald Trump for leaving damaged refugee machinery. Mr. Biden was under intense pressure to make sure next year met his goal.

The 125,000 figure is a ceiling, not a target, and the administration may fall short of it, as it will this year.

But immigrant-rights advocates said the symbolism of the announcement was important.

"Facing the greatest refugee crisis in our time, I know the Biden administration is working to restore the United States' longstanding bipartisan tradition of providing safety to the world's most vulnerable refugees — including Afghan refugees," said Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Biden envisions 40,000 refugees from Africa, 35,000 from the Near East and South Asia, 15,000 from East Asia, 10,000 from Europe and Central Asia, and 15,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2020, the last full year under former President Trump, the government set a target of 18,000 refugees and admitted fewer than 12,000.

Mr. Trump had set a ceiling of 15,000 for the current fiscal year.

Mr. Biden overturned that ceiling, setting a new cap of 62,500, though he…
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