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Biden Confirms He’ll Raise Trump Refugee Cap After Outcry

  • White House changes tack after criticism by president’s allies
  • Activists have called on Biden to raise the cap on refugees

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President Joe Biden said he plans to announce a higher refugee cap for this year, following a swift backlash from allies over a decision to keep the historically low ceiling set by his predecessor.

Biden on Friday signed an order intended to accelerate processing of refugees while keeping former President Donald Trump’s 15,000-person cap in place. That backtracked on the administration’s plan to accept many more refugees this year. Top Democrats condemned the move, with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin calling the decision “unacceptable.”