Biden Caves to Leftist Pressure, Vows to Increase Refugee Inflow to Over 62k
Pro-migration groups push for more illegals despite border crisis
Far-left pro-migration groups have mounted pressure on Joe Biden, prompting him to announce he will increase the inflow of refugees up to 62,000 by the end of 2021.
The decision goes back against the announcement of a 15,000 goal in April, which his advisers recommended.
Biden's poll numbers are already facing a battering due to his handling of the border crisis.
Democrat-affiliated pro-migration groups denounced the 15,000 goal, including the Mark Zuckerberg-owned FWD.us group of investors.
“I now determine, consistent with my Administration’s prior consultation with the Congress, that raising the number of admissions permissible for FY 2021 to 62,500 is justified by grave humanitarian concerns and is otherwise in the national interest,” Biden announced late Monday.
Biden’s statement added the high goal “sends the important message that the United States remains a safe harbor for some of the most vulnerable people in the world."
The decision will also help pro-refugee groups boost the refugee inflow to 125,000 migrants next year.
The number would be eight times President Donald Trump’s 2021 goal of 15,000 refugees.
The decision provides a spike of domestic spending plus tens of thousands of new workers, consumers, and renters, which is good news for U.S. business groups.
As Democrats are aware, many of the refugees become Democratic voters due to the fact they rely heavily on government aid for many years.
The programs are supported by low-wage employers, progressives, landlords, retailers, and organizations, who receive funding to settle the refugees.
Refugees are put on fast track to citizenship, and later they are able to import additional family members via chain migration.
The most obvious impact of the expensive refugee program is the growing population of Democrat-voting Somalis.
If each migrant brings in just five relatives, the 2021 goal of 62,500 refugees will eventually deliver 350,000 refugees.
The New York Times reported that Biden’s top officials played a critical role in setting the 15,000 goals, which were later reversed.
The polling damage caused by Biden’s border policy, which the staffers based their caution on.
But only weeks into Mr. Biden’s presidency, immigration, and the border had already become major distractions from his efforts to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and to persuade Congress to invest trillions of dollars into the economy — issues championed by aides like Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, as more central to his presidency.
Members of Mr. Biden’s staff came up with a compromise they hoped would satisfy the president and resettlement agencies. They would keep the 15,000-refugee limit but lift Trump-era restrictions that would allow more flights to resume. On Friday, White House officials informed reporters of the new policy.
Zuckerberg’s advocacy group opposes the 15,000 goals:
“We strongly urge President Biden to reverse this decision and commit to his prior promises to rebuild America’s refugee program,” said an April 16 quick statement from the FWD.us group.
The statement continued:
At some of our best moments, America has been a beacon of hope and a nation that actively seeks to welcome those seeking refuge—and at some of our worst, we turned our back on those very people in their time of greatest need … today’s decision is not only morally wrong but will make the forced migration situation from Central America worse.
We strongly urge President Biden to reverse this decision and commit to his prior promises to rebuild America’s refugee program.