Almost 30 Senate Dems ask Biden administration to accept more refugees per year

A group of Senate Democrats led by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) called on the White House this week to work faster to increase the number of refugees processed in the United States this fiscal year and going forward.

“According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a record high of more than 89.3 million people, 42 percent of whom are children, were displaced at the end of 2021. The displaced population includes 27.1 million refugees,” the Senators wrote in a letter to President Biden. 

The letter continues, “Since the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980, the United States resettled an average of more than 80,000 refugees per year, until the Trump Administration slashed the refugee admissions ceiling each year it was in office, ending at an historic low of just 15,000 for FY 2021. These drastic cuts have hobbled the resettlement infrastructure in this nation and made it difficult to quickly rebuild the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The U.S. resettled 11,411 refugees last fiscal year, the lowest figure since the passage of the Refugee Act of 1980.”

So far, according to the letter, the United States has only processed 15,100 refugees this fiscal year as of June 30. This does not bode well for meeting the 125,000 threshold by the end of the fiscal year next month. Of the 100,000 Ukrainians who have come to the United States since being displaced by the Russian invasion in February, only 500 have come in as refugees.

The rest have managed to come to the US under other classifications, such as humanitarian parole, which grants otherwise ineligible individuals access to the United States in cases of humanitarian crisis.




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