Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Catholic organizations expressed dismay that the United States this year could admit the lowest number of refugees in decades.
According to the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that assists refugees, only 2,050 refugees have been admitted to the United States in the current fiscal year. Although President Biden promised to raise the limit on the number of refugees accepted by the United States, he has yet to issue the final orders to implement that.
In February, Biden pledged to raise the refugee cap to 62,500 - nearly four times the current cap of 15,000.
While he included that number in a proposed Presidential Determination - part of the administrative process for allowing refugees to come to the United States - he has yet to issue a final version of the determination. Catholic groups told CNA that they want Biden to issue a final determination.