Joe Biden to Sign Executive Order Allowing Tens of Thousands More Refugees into US
The executive order is now expected to be signed as early as Friday
Joe Biden is now expected to sign an executive order which will increase the tens of thousands of refugees permitted to enter the United States.
Democrat Biden must approve the cap of refugees, which was lept low by President Donald Trump, ending with a top-level of 15,000 refugees in 2021.
Biden pledged during his campaign in 2020 to raise the cap to 125,000.
The executive order is now expected to be signed as early as Friday.
The order is apart of a push to increase the number of refugees allowed into the U.S, CNN reported.
It is not yet clear if Biden will increase the limit to 125,000-refugees.
Biden also signaled to migrants in countries south of the U.S. of his intention to relax immigration laws.
The former vice president is also pushing to grant citizenship to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the US.
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The news comes just a week after Biden issued a "pause" for 100 days on all deportations of illegal immigrants.
Biden and his administration faced a major lawsuit earlier this week after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton brought the new legal action to prevent an “unconstitutional, illegal, and bad” freeze on deportations of illegal immigrants.
Paxton stated that the lawsuit is brought after Biden refused to undo an order issued by his Department of Homeland Security.
Paxton wrote in a Twitter post:
“I told [the Department of Homeland Security] and [Biden] last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation."
I told @DHSgov and @JoeBiden last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation.— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 22, 2021
They didn’t budge.
So #Texas is bringing them to court. Here’s our lawsuit: https://t.co/oR2cfG85Bz
The AG also added the order would have an increased burden for its legal residents.
“A higher number of illegal aliens in Texas leads to budgetary harms, including higher education and healthcare costs,” Paxton wrote in the lawsuit.
“This unlawful reversal will cause Texas immediate and irreparable harm if it is not enjoined.”