There was no 'confusion,' Biden's decision to not lift Trump's refugee cap was cruel and it's good he's scrambling to walk it back
Added 04-17-21 12:14:02pm EST - “After Biden broke his promise on admitting refugees, he walked it back. It's a welcome move, but it never should have come to this.” - Businessinsider.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “There was no 'confusion,' Biden's decision to not lift Trump's refugee cap was cruel and it's good he's scrambling to walk it back”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
President Joe Biden announced Friday that the US would not raise the cap on the number of refugees the country takes in higher than the limit set by former President Donald Trump's — 15,000 — despite previously promising to admit over 60,000 refugees this year.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the left-leaning Democrat from the Bronx who has come under fire from her left flank in recent weeks for downplaying activist criticism of the administration's immigration policies, tweeted that the decision was "completely and utterly unacceptable."
"Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, [including] the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong," said Ocasio-Cortez. "Keep your promise."
After hours of mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and other allies, the administration essentially walked back the original announcement. In a statement, which notably didn't set a new target for the cap, Press Secretary Jen Psaki chalked the entire saga up to "confusion" by the media.
But the reason for the administration backing down was clear: Democrats didn't hesitate to call Biden out for his betrayal.
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