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Psaki defends the immigration course set by the Trump administration
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has defended the administration’s decision to cap the number of refugees admitted to the country. Ms Psaki said the Biden administration plans to raise the cap by May 15.
Last week’s announcement or Friday’s announcement, should I say, was an effort, an important step forward in our opinion, to reverse Trump’s policy of banning refugees from many key parts of the world. We fully intend to increase the cap and make an announcement no later than May 15th. And I think it will be sooner than that. The President also remains committed to pursuing the ambitious goal of reaching 125,000 refugees by the end of the next fiscal year. We never said that we are not increasing the refugee limit. In the morning we actually said, and with the information we released, that once we hit 15,000, we will increase the amount. That was not taken into account, and part of the way people were – let me finish – part of how people digest information, and we want that to be clear and send a message. that we are a country that takes in refugees. Let’s be clear. We are changing the policies of the last administration. We are changing the policy of not welcoming people from Africa or the Middle East. This was the most important factor preventing refugees from entering during the last administration. The battle is not the cap. The problem is the limits that have been put in place in the past. We canceled and changed them, and that was always meant to be a first step.
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