After outcry, WH says Biden will lift refugee cap in May

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ZEKE MILLER, AAMER MADHANI and JULIE WATSON
Created: April 16, 2021 04:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Joe Biden is expected to increase the refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15.

Biden earlier Friday moved to accelerate refugee admissions but kept his predecessor’s historically low cap of 15,000 refugees for this year, triggering a backlash from Democratic lawmakers and resettlement agencies.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said later that Biden has been consulting with his advisers to determine what number of refugees could realistically be admitted to the United States between now and October 1, the of the fiscal year.

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