Secretary of State Blinken defends Biden on refugee cap flip-flop
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday defended President Biden’s backtracking on upholding the Trump’s administration’s decision to cap refugee admissions after an uproar from Democratic lawmakers.
Just hours after Biden signed an executive order Friday maintaining Trump’s annual 15,000 cap, prompting outcry from Dem pols, the president reversed course — and the White House later said a new limit would be announced next month.
“Look, the president’s been clear about where he wants to go, but we have to be, you know, focused on what we’re able to do when we’re able to do it,” Blinken said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
The current 15,000 cap irked Democrats and immigration advocates, who expected the Biden administration to abide by a proposal sent to Congress earlier this year that called for 62,500 refugee admissions for this fiscal year. That cap was then to be raised to 125,000 in fiscal year 2022 under the plan.
“We’re able to start to bring people in who’ve been in the pipeline and who weren’t able to come in. That is starting today, and we’re going to revisit it in the middle of May,” Blinken said.
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