The Biden administration has solely allowed 2,050 refugees to resettle within the US in 2021 – the bottom in American historical past.
The administration of US President Joe Biden is on observe to simply accept the smallest variety of refugees of any administration in American historical past, a brand new report by the Worldwide Rescue Committee (IRC) says.
Regardless of pledges to boost the cap on the variety of refugees allowed to resettle in america – and govt orders signed to reverse lots of the immigration insurance policies carried out by former US President Donald Trump – Biden has but to signal a presidential dedication.
A presidential dedication would activate the steps taken to this point by Biden to reintroduce programmes geared toward enhancing resettlement. With out it, Trump’s insurance policies – together with a 15,000 cap on refugee admission per yr – stay in impact.
“There has now been an unexplained and unjustified eight-week delay in issuing the revised refugee admissions coverage,” IRC mentioned.
“Because of this, tens of 1000’s of already-cleared refugees stay barred from resettlement and over 700 resettlement flights have been cancelled, leaving susceptible refugees in unsure limbo.”
Due to the delay, the Biden administration has solely allowed 2,050 refugees to resettle within the US midway by means of the 2021 fiscal yr – the bottom in US historical past.
IRC has urged the Biden administration to boost the cap on refugee admission to 62,500, as stipulated within the administration’s proposal, and to shortly overturn “discriminatory insurance policies” in place.
If the presidential dedication stays unsigned, IRC estimates the Biden administration will admit 4,510 refugees within the 2021 fiscal yr – lower than half the quantity from the final yr of the Trump administration, and fewer than any president in historical past.
Most affected could be refugees in search of asylum from Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, because the Trump ban on largely Muslim-majority nations is technically nonetheless in impact, in keeping with the report.
Muslim refugees from different nations are additionally “disproportionately impacted” by Trump-era admissions insurance policies, the report confirmed.
It additionally mentioned admission of refugees from nations topic to “extreme vetting” stays at a close to halt.
These insurance policies will affect refugees in search of to flee dire humanitarian conditions together with conflict and famine from nations within the Center East, Asia, and Africa.
The delay, IRC mentioned, is “unjustified”, and blamed the administration for not utilising resettlement as a “important instrument to supply refuge to essentially the most susceptible”.