The administration of President Joe Biden wants to nearly double the number of refugees who will be admitted to the United States in the next fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1, to 125.000, in order to keep its campaign commitment, according to a statement. State Department.
The State Department will consult with the Department of Homeland Security and Congress to increase that number, which was set at 62.500 for fiscal year 2020, which expires this month.
The plan comes at a time when tens of thousands of Afghan refugees are at US military bases waiting to settle in the United States. Many more were left behind in Afghanistan, amid the chaos created in the last days of the withdrawal of American forces from that country.
Biden had promised to overthrow the policy of his predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, who had reduced the number of refugees admitted each year to just 15.000, the lowest in the history of the modern refugee program. Biden had initially left that number, but backed down in the face of criticism.
The refugee program is completely separate from that of asylum. Refugees are usually asked to help while they are abroad, undergo a thorough examination, and are then provided with the legal possibilities and resources to settle in the United States. Asylum seekers, on the other hand, can show up at the border and claim that they run the risk of returning to their home countries, thus starting a lengthy legal process until their application is approved or deported.