Biden Vows to Dramatically Raise Annual U.S. Refugee Target by 800%
Biden promises to raise number from 15,000 to 125,000
Former Vice President Joe Biden has vowed to increase the United States annual intake of refugees by over 800 percent of current figures.
After the Trump administration established a ceiling of 15,000 refugees, Biden has now promised to raise that number to 125,000, Religion News Service (RNS) reported.
In a prerecorded video for a virtual celebration of the 40th anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service, Biden said:
“The United States has long stood as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden and the oppressed, a leader of resettling refugees in our humanitarian response."
“I promise, as president, I will reclaim that proud legacy for our country,” Biden continued.
“The Biden-Harris administration will restore America’s historic role in protecting the vulnerable and defending the rights of refugees everywhere and raising our annual refugee admission target to 125,000.”
Biden said the Jesuit Refugee Service is a “great organization” and framed America's commitment to refugee resettlement.
“This organization was founded to serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable among us: refugees and displaced people."
"JRS believes that, in the stranger, we actually meet our neighbor."
"And that every society is ultimately judged by how we treat those most in need,” he said.
Biden has enjoyed the support of prominent American Jesuits during his presidential campaign.
Giulia McPherson, the Jesuit Refugee Service Director of Advocacy and Operations, said the former Vice President's promise reflects his catholic faith.
“That he chose to make this announcement with us tonight is an indication that President-elect Joe Biden is following his faith when it comes to American policy to protect and welcome refugees,” McPherson said in a statement.
“Not only is it exciting that the United States will once again welcome refugees at an historically high number, but it is also significant that we are hearing the President-elect speak in the language of social justice about the rights of refugees and our call as people of faith and as Americans to accompany them to safety,” she added.
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