- The United States resettled only 271 refugees in April, based on new data in the State Department.
- The US has so far resettled 2,334 refugees from the present financial year, an historic low.
- President Biden recently raised the admissions cap to 62,500, but warned he would not meet this goal.
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The United States resettled just 271 refugees in April, according to new data from an organization within the US State Department, placing the country on track to take fewer than 5,000 displaced persons prior to the current fiscal year ends in September — an historic low.
Just under 12,000 refugees were resettled in the last full financial year of the previous administrationdown from an average of about 80,000.
From last October through April 30 the US had resettled 2,334 refugees, according to the data released Thursday.
President Joe Biden campaigned on revitalizing the refugee admissions program, promising to reverse the cuts made by his predecessor that campaigned against accepting people fleeing war and repression — and started displaced attacks against individuals already here. In Biden’s first full fiscal year, which starts October 2021, the president has committed to resettling as numerous as 125,000 refugees.
But the number of people resettled has diminished each month that Biden has been in office. Along with the government recently waffled about precisely how many refugees it intended to take this year.
After first saying it would discover new homes for 62,500 people this financial year, in an April note to Congress the White House elected to not touch the cap 15,000 set from the previous occupant of the White House; its new place was that it would only consider raising that amount should the limit be reached.
After a backlash, President Biden declared on May 3 that he would be committing to his prior aim. However, he added,”The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,5000 admissions this year,” saying his government needs time”to undo the damage of the last four years.”
He’s not wrong. By all accounts, the resettlement program — which counts on the assistance of nine nongovernmental organizations to put refugees in their new communities, putting them up with homes and professions — was almost obliterated.
“It was really challenging,” Jenny Yang, senior vice president of advocacy and policy in World Relief, a Christian charitable company, said of the previous four decades. Her team closed a third of its offices, including ones who”had been in certain communities for over 20 years,” letting go dozens of staffers. It will need time to rebuild