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As immigration becomes a political crisis, the U.S. president has embraced populism over problem-solving.
After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.
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On Friday morning, President Joe Biden made the first morally calamitous decision of his young presidency: he agreed to retain Donald Trump’s historically low cap of 15,000 refugees to be admitted this year. The decision, the White House said, was “justified by humanitarian concerns and is otherwise in the national interest.” The claim was so preposterous, and so utterly at variance with Biden’s own professed values, that several hours later the Administration was forced to walk the decision back.
Of course, we know where the President is coming from. The 2015 refugee crisis in Europe provoked a political disaster; right-wing nationalist parties shot to prominence, and in some cases to power, in countries like Germany and Sweden that adopted a generous policy towards refugees. The fact that the United States remained aloof from the crisis did not prevent Donald Trump from exploiting groundless fears of violent refugees and migrants swarming over our borders. It is fair to assume that Joe Biden does not want to sacrifice the boldest domestic agenda in two generations to the cause of the refugees.
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