US Maintains Refugee Admissions Cap At 125k

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    The Facts

    • According to government statistics, the Biden administration plans to retain its goal of receiving up to 125k refugees in the next fiscal year, after it fell short of the same objective in the fiscal year of 2022.

    • 125k, as well as the goal, is the cap on the maximum number of refugees that would be admitted through the program. The number doesn't include 180k Ukrainians and Afghans who will be admitted into the US through "humanitarian parole" - refugees who enter America through this route are entitled to a maximum stay of two years.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Biden has set an ambitious target, but it's a benchmark he needs to reach if he's committed to rebuilding and strengthening the US Refugee Admissions Program. Experts on global humanitarian aid feel 125k is a justified goal, considering the turmoil and instability threatening peoples' lives and safety across the globe. America has a moral responsibility to help those less fortunate and give them a new start.

    Republican narrative

    There is no reason the US should be permitting more refugees to enter the country, when over two million illegal immigrants have crossed the southern border this year alone. After the federal government has let them in, immigrants will not be going to the wealthy Democrat neighbourhoods that supported these policies, but to GOP-supporting, working-class towns.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that at least 265k refugees will be admitted to the US in total between 2021 and 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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