Psaki Defends Cap on Immigration Set by Trump Administration

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Psaki Defends Cap on Immigration Set by Trump Administration

The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, defended the administration’s decision to cap the number of refugees allowed into the country. Ms. Psaki said the Biden administration planned to raise the cap by May 15.

Last week’s announcement or Friday’s announcement, I should say, was an effort, an important step forward in our view, to reverse the Trump policy that banned refugees from many key regions of the world. We we have every intention to increase the cap and to make an announcement of that by May 15 at the latest. And I expect it will be sooner than that. The president also remains committed to pursuing the aspirational goal of reaching 125,000 refugees by the end of the next fiscal year. We never said, we’re not raising the refugee cap. In the morning we said actually, and with the information we put out, was that once we reach 15,000, we will raise it. That was not accounted for, and some of, how people were — let me finish — some of how people were digesting the information, and we want it to be clear and send a message that we are a country that is welcoming refugees. Let’s be clear. We are changing the policies of the last administration. We are changing the policy of not welcoming in people from Africa or people from the Middle East. That was the biggest factor, preventing refugees from coming in during the last administration. The battle is not the cap. The issue has been the limitations that have been put in place in the past. We overturned those and changed those, and it was always meant to be a first step.

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