President Biden marked World Refugee Day by affirming his commitment to rebuilding the refugee processing system that Trump destroyed and increasing refugee quotas in the US.
President Biden said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
Today, I join people around the globe in commemorating World Refugee Day, a day when we recognize the courage and humanity of the millions forced to flee violence, persecution, and war. It is also a moment to honor the generosity of communities welcoming refugees and the bravery and dedication of humanitarian workers who provide life-saving assistance, often in challenging and dangerous conditions.
At a time when the number of refugees and other displaced persons has reached an alarming and historic high—more than 82 million worldwide—the United States has a moral obligation to ensure that refugees have access to life-saving care, opportunities to pursue an education, and livelihoods that allow them to live with dignity and hope for the future. On this day, we reaffirm our sacred commitment to alleviate suffering through humanitarian relief and redouble our efforts to achieve lasting solutions for refugees—including through resettlement. We also recommit to engaging in diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the ongoing conflicts that compel refugees to seek safety elsewhere.
Protecting refugees is part of our DNA. Our nation was founded by those fleeing religious persecution. When we take action to help refugees around the world, we honor our past and live up to our highest values. We show our greatest strength as a nation.
We do this because it’s the right thing to do, but make no mistake: helping refugees helps the United States, too, bringing greater regional stability and making the world a safer place for all of us.
That’s why I revised the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year and plan to raise it to 125,000 next year. While meeting these targets will be a challenge, I have directed my Administration to work as quickly as possible to rebuild and improve refugee processing and to expand our capacity to admit refugees.
We need to lead by example. And the refugees who arrive at our shores will continue to strengthen our communities, as they always have, bringing new life, energy, and ideas to our great country. The United States is proud to stand as a beacon of liberty and refuge to the world, and whether it’s taking in those seeking safety or providing more humanitarian relief than any other nation, we’re going to do our part.
President Biden has reversed Trump’s policy of refugees by changing the Executive Branch’s attitude toward people who are fleeing their homeland due to war, natural disaster, political persecution, or violence. The Trump administration’s policy was racist. Biden is restoring America’s compassion and standing as a beacon of liberty and opportunity.
America is back to setting a good example for the world, and the Biden administration is accomplishing this mission by reversing the terrible and shameful policies of the previous administration.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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