Otago Daily Times

Refugee cap lift expected


Washington: United States President Joe Biden is preparing to notify Congress and others it will dramatical­ly increase US admissions of refugees, sources say.

Those familiar with the matter say Biden plans to announce this week he will increase the cap on the number of refugees allowed into the United States to more than eight times the level the Trump administra­tion left it.

Former President Donald Trump had drasticall­y reduced the refugee cap to only 15,000 before leaving office.

Biden’s plan would raise it to 125,000, an increase of 15,000 on the ceiling set by former president Barack Obama before he left office.

Officials and others speaking on condition of anonymity said Biden would make his plan public during a visit to the State Department today. — AP

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