Joe Biden’s latest Executive Order on the nation’s asylum system will reportedly raise the number of refugees from 15,000 -a historic low under President Trump- to 125,000 during his first year in office.
“I’m approving an executive order to begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program to help meet the unprecedented global need,” said the President.
“This executive order will position us to be able to raise the refugee admissions back up to 125,000 persons for the first full fiscal year of the Biden-Harris administration,” he added.
President Joe Biden: "I'm approving an executive order to begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program to help meet the unprecedented global need." pic.twitter.com/8kXDf6KRoh
— The Hill (@thehill) February 5, 2021
Biden seeks to restore "badly damaged" refugee resettlement program https://t.co/wAlMIMAqHB
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 5, 2021
Biden administration plans to raise the annual refugee cap to 125,000 people, per two sources — following thru on a campaign pledge. The refugee cap now is 15,000, a historic low https://t.co/6wNOniyrEW
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) February 3, 2021
“We’re now facing a crisis of 80 million people being displaced all around the world… We shine the light of liberty on oppressed people. We offer safe havens for those fleeing violence and persecution,” he added.
Watch the President’s comments above.
BORDER CHAOS: Second 'Migrant Caravan' Makes its Way Towards US Border
A second migrant caravan encompassing thousands of Central American workers slowly made its way towards the United States’ southern border with Mexico this week; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown with the Trump administration and immigration officials.
“The caravan formed a day after Vice President Mike Pence met with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in Washington, where he offered economic development assistance in exchange for tighter controls on gang violence and migration. Pence also called on the Central American leaders to warn their citizens against trying to cross the U.S. border,” writes the Daily Caller.
“Tell your people — don’t put your families at risk by taking the dangerous journey north to attempt to enter the United States illegally,” said the Vice President during the meeting.
The caravan marks the second gathering of Central American migrants heading towards the United States this year.
A similar group attempted to enter the US last April but were rejected by immigration authorities at checkpoints near Tijuana, Mexico.
Read the full story at the Daily Caller.
BORDER BREACHED: Central American Migrants ‘Trickling’ into the United States from Tijuana
A “steady trickle” of Central American immigrants traveling with the ‘migrant caravan’ are slowly entering the United States illegally across the southern border; eventually turning themselves over to federal agents rather than wait for months in Mexico.
According to the Associated Press, “A steady trickle of Central American migrants have been finding ways to climb over, tunnel under or slip through the U.S. border wall to plant their feet on U.S. soil and ask for asylum.”
The migrants breached the US-Mexico border with the hopes of avoiding months of wait times as thousands apply for asylum at American Port of Entry across the region.
“But by word of mouth, some have realized they can simply cross into U.S. territory, largely uninhibited by Mexican authorities. In twos or threes — occasionally by the dozen — they arrive at the border wall and manage to get over. Often within minutes, border officers quickly arrive to escort them to detention centers and begin ‘credible fear” interviews,’ adds the AP.
The revelation comes just days after Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation that would allocate upwards of $25 billion for President Trump’s signature campaign promise: The border wall.
Read the full story here.