Biden to keep in place Trump's refugee cap

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The Biden administration will keep in place the historically low refugee cap set by former President Donald Trump, a senior administration official said Friday.

President Joe Biden had pledged in February to raise the limit of 15,000 refugees set for this year by Trump and increase the annual refugee admissions cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year. Days later, the State Department notified Congress that it planned to expand the refugee cap for this current fiscal year to allow up to 62,500 refugees to resettle in the United States.

But the Biden administration on Friday confirmed that it would not increase that cap, although a senior administration did announce that Biden would sign an emergency presidential determination to speed up admissions and change the regional allocation of those refugees to allow refugees from regions previously excluded by the Trump administration.