Congressional Democrats Turn on Biden Over Refugee Policy

Congressional Democrats are turning on President Joe Biden after it was reported Friday he will keep in place a Trump administration cap on the number of refugees admitted to the country in the coming fiscal year.

ABC News reported Biden has reneged on a proposal in which he pledged to dramatically increase the number of refugees accepted by the country to 62,500 in the months ahead. Biden will instead stick with the cap set by former President Donald Trump, which allows 15,000 international refugees to resettle in the U.S. in the current fiscal year.

ABC noted Biden is “on track to oversee possibly the lowest number of refugee admissions in the program’s near 45-year history, despite his promises to reignite ‘the United States’ moral leadership on refugee issues.’”

The move to backtrack on resettling so many people amid an international pandemic and a border crisis immediately drew swift condemnation from congressional Democrats.

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, sharing a report from The New York Times, attacked Biden in a Friday tweet.