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Biden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report

Added 04-20-21 09:57:02pm EST - “President Biden reportedly overruled several of his top officials when he decided to keep in place the Trump administration's cap on refugee admissions.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Biden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Biden reportedly overruled several of his top officials when he decided to keep in place the Trump administration’s cap on refugee admissions. 

Biden’s decision defied advice from Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Blinken says US falling behind China as global leader on climate change White House defends 'aspirational' goal of 62,500 refugees MORE and other top advisers and was fueled in part over concerns about the crisis at the Mexican border, according to The Washington Post.

Blinken reportedly personally appealed to Biden in support of raising the cap of 15,000 refugees that the Trump administration had put in place, highlighting his family’s history surviving the Holocaust.

The president later wavered for two months after the consultations before initially arriving at the decision to keep the cap as it was.

That decision sparked a wave of backlash from Democrats and activists who accused Biden of breaking his promise to raise the ceiling on the number of refugees admitted into the U.S.

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