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Congressman AOC declared victory after President Biden gave concessions on refugee quotas

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York state) welcomed President Joe Biden’s decision to remove the refugee admission quota in fiscal year 2021 set by the Trump administration. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez considers this victory and demonstrates the power of the radical leftist movement.

“This is a testament to the power that the movements of the people, the community activists, as well as the radical alliances,” said Congressman himself as a socialist activist. write on Twitter.

“Very excited about that and thank you for the Biden Administration today for deciding to fulfill the [wishes] of the organizers. Now let’s bring these [refugee] families to their new homes here in America, ”added Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

On Friday (April 16, US time), President Joe Biden signed an urgent decision to promote the admission of refugees into the US, but he kept the limit of accepting 15,000 refugees in fiscal year 2021. (which ends at the end of September 2021) that the Trump administration has set in place.

That emergency decision by Mr. Biden also included removing the Trump administration’s restrictions on refugees from countries such as Somalia, Yemen and Syria, and expanding refugee rates for those who came. from Africa, Middle East and Central America. The Biden administration sees these moves as a measure to speed up the admission of refugees into the United States in the current period.

However, that is not enough to meet the aspirations of immigration activists and radical radical Democrats. Representatives such as Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) immediately condemned Mr. Biden’s decision to maintain the refugee limit.

Mr. Biden in February said that he would increase the refugee admission quota for fiscal year 2022 (which begins October 2021) to 125,000. At the same time, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken proposed to Congress a request to remove the current quota of the 2021 account year to increase refugee admissions to 62,000.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, calling Mr. Biden’s move “completely and absolutely unacceptable”.

“[Mr.] Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise,” stressed Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

The White House initially said that the president’s decision not to increase the refugee admission quota “is still consistent with humanitarian concerns and also in the national interest”.

But then at the end of Friday (April 16, US time), the White House changed his move, saying that Mr. Biden would lift the asylum limit of 15,000 people for fiscal year 2021 on or before / 15 4.

“Because we had to inherit [from the previous government] the meager refugee admission program, and put the burden on the Refugee Resettlement Office, the initial goal [set by Mr. Biden] on continued accepting 62,5000 [refugees] seems impossible, ”explained Ms. Psaki for the need to maintain the refugee limit.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki later said that Mr. Biden was consulting with his advisers to decide how many refugees would be allowed to enter the US by October of this year, the end of fiscal year 2021. .

Mr. Biden on Saturday (April 17, US time) also told the press that his administration would increase the refugee number limit.

Mr. Biden said that the “crisis” on the southern border has prevented his administration from solving many concurrent immigration problems.

“We can’t do two things at the same time. But now we will increase the number of [refugees], ”Mr. Biden said.

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