by Penka Arsova
This week, Joe Biden reiterated his promise to raise the number of refugees that the U.S. will accept in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s refugee cap.
The story: In a pre-recorded speech for the 40th anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service, the former vice president suggested he will not only backtrack the Trump administration’s cuts in refugee admission but will make that number higher that the Obama administration’s refugee ceiling in their last year in office.
“The United States has long stood as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden and the oppressed, a leader of resettling refugees in our humanitarian response,” Biden said. “I promise, as president, I will reclaim that proud legacy for our country. The Biden-Harris administration will restore America’s historic role in protecting the vulnerable and defending the rights of refugees everywhere and raising our annual refugee admission target to 125,000.”
Worth noting: This is not the first time that Biden has mentioned this number. In June, on World Refugee Day, Biden made the same promise. In that speech, he called the president’s policies “heartless.”