President Biden overturned on Monday and said he would allow up to 62,500 refugees to enter the United States over the next six months, removing the strict limits former President Donald J. Trump had placed on those who sought refuge from war, violence or the natural. disasters.
“This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.
The action came about two weeks after Mr Biden said he would leave Mr Trump’s 15,000 refugee limit in place. The announcement drew widespread condemnation from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill and refugee advocates who accused the president of reneging on an election promise to welcome those in need.
White House officials had insisted that Mr. Biden’s intentions in mid-April had been misunderstood. But his decision to increase the refugee limit to 62,500 indicates he felt pressure to act.