Church leaders welcome Biden refugee change

The Episcopal Church welcomed President Biden’s announcement to revise the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 from the 15,000 cap set by the previous administration.

Biden said the new admissions cap will reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees, so that the US can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that Biden intends to set for the coming year.

“The decision was a very important moment to mark a return to form for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and the United States’ commitment to refugees,” said the Rev. Dr. C.K. Robertson, canon to the Presiding Bishop, “for decades we’ve seen Republican and Democratic administrations make robust refugee resettlement an important part of their immigration and foreign policy and appreciate that the Biden administration will follow in their footsteps to serve these populations.”

 

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