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Biden Boosts Refugee Cap After Wavering on Keeping Trump Limits

  • White House had said Biden would raise limit before May 15
  • Biden says he wants to undo ‘damage’ of Trump’s policies
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Biden Boosts U.S. Refugee Cap to 62,500
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President Joe Biden sought to ease tensions with his political allies by quadrupling the limit on the number of refugees who can enter the U.S. after months of administration wavering and reversals over increasing the cap.

Biden said he would allow in as many as 62,500 refugees by the end of September, up from the historically low ceiling of 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump. Biden, however, said he did not expect to reach his goal this fiscal year.