Same "Refugee" Cap Different Restrictions

Biden will maintain a 15,000 Cap on Refugees but is slated to Sign an Executive Order Easing Trump Restrictions.

The executive order will lift requirements that refugees coming under the 15,000 cap fall under one of several categories, including Iraqis who aided the American military, Central Americans and people fleeing religious discrimination.

It will revert to the previous system, in place from the refugee program’s creation through 2019, that divides the overall allocation of refugee slots by region.

“We intend to use all 15,000 slots under the new Emergency Presidential Determination and will closely monitor progress toward that end,” a White House spokesman said.

Refugee vs Asylum

The refugee and asylum systems are run separately. Refugees flee their home countries and go through security and medical vetting before they are permitted to relocate to the U.S., where they receive resettlement aid through religious and other nonprofit organizations. Asylum seekers must meet the same standard of political, religious, ethnic or other persecution, though they make their claims once they reach U.S. soil.

Mr. Biden had hesitated to sign the presidential determination as the numbers of migrants illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico to seek asylum increased, fearing the two situations could be conflated, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Still No Plan for Asylum Seekers

In short, Biden still has no credible plan to deal with  the flood of "asylum" seekers arriving from Mexico. 

Nonetheless this is a possible backtrack from his prior position. 

Biden said in a foreign-policy speech at the State Department two months ago that he would raise the refugee admissions cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year.

The fiscal year starts in October. If so, be mentally prepared for a flood of refugees. 

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