President Joe Biden is once again attracting criticism for his administration’s policies on immigration and border issues.
According to recent reports, he is more than quadrupling the number of refugees who will be accepted into the U.S. this year just weeks after signing an order to keep the number limited to 15,000 as it was under former President Donald Trump.
“Harmful, xenophobic, and racist”
In what is widely perceived as a reversal meant to please his party’s progressive wing, Biden raised the refugee limit to 62,500 amid backlash from a number of high-ranking Democrats.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) addressed Biden’s earlier limit in an April 16 tweet expressing his disappointment, declaring: “These refugees can wait years for their chance to go through extensive vetting. Thirty-five thousand are ready. Facing the greatest refugee crisis in our time there is no reason to limit the number to 15,000. Say it ain’t so, President Joe.”
Rep. Pramila Jaypal (D-WA) called Biden’s decision not to repeal the Trump-era limit “simply unacceptable and unconscionable,” referring to the prior administration’s order as a “harmful, xenophobic, and racist refugee cap that cruelly restricts refugee admissions to a historically low level.”
Notably, Biden has indicated that the U.S. will not be able to process and vet all 62,500 refugees permitted under the new limit but decided to raise the cap anyway.
This is just the latest example of the current president rescinding or altering policies implemented by the Trump administration even as a surge along the U.S.-Mexico border continues to overwhelm authorities tasked with addressing the problem.
“Erases the historically low number”
Biden’s response to immigration issues has resulted in criticism that he is more interested in catering to the far-left faction of the Democratic Party than dealing with facts.
Similarly, his call for massive spending proposals has served as the basis for backlash from Republicans and even some moderates in his own party who think he is trying to give everyone what they want instead of making the tough but necessary decisions that might prove politically unpopular in certain circles.
Upon announcing his decision to increase the refugee limit, Biden boasted: “This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.”
Of course, he made no mention of his earlier intention to keep Trump’s cap in place and even hinted that the limit could be even higher next year, declaring that the “new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees, so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year.”
Time will tell whether a majority of voters begin to see Biden as nothing more than a puppet for the far-left and reject his push for increasingly progressive policies.