Joe Biden’s Confused Refugee Policy

To get a glimpse of the Joe Biden mind at work, take a look at his refugee policy.

During last year’s campaign, Biden sanctimoniously ticked off for Foreign Affairs magazine a long list of the ways he planned to un-do the immigration policies of President Trump. They included this:

[He would] set our annual refugee admissions at 125,000, and seek to raise it over time. . . .

Then, in February of this year, he repeated his campaign pledge to raise the cap to 125,000, but only for FY 2022, which starts October 1. He did say he would seek to raise the cap for FY 2021 to 62,500, but that he would have to consult with Congress first. That 2021 FY cap, incidentally, had been set by President Trump at 15,000.

Fast forward two months to April and Biden had still not issued the promised order for 2022, let alone 2021. On April 14, the Washington Post was beginning to wonder out loud:

Some White House allies find the president’s delay perplexing because the refugee program has attracted bipartisan support in recent years. Even some of the Republicans who have been critical of Biden’s handling of the border have called for raising the refugee cap to expand the legal pathways for immigrants to come to the United States.

Then, on April 16, came this: WH spokeswoman Psaki said Biden instead would issue a directive keeping the 2021 cap at the Trump level of 15,000! (In fact, by that point, at the halfway mark of the FY, only 2,050 refugees had been admitted, so Biden was on track to admit the fewest numbers ever.)

The Psaki comment set off a firestorm among Democrats.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), declared, “We cannot and we must not fall victims to politics of fear and hatred that drives the far-right,” and added that Biden “must follow through on his promise.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), aka AOC, tweeted angrily:

Completely and utterly unacceptable. Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise. Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong. Keep your promise.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said:

This Biden Administration refugee admissions target is unacceptable. These refugees can wait years for their chance and go through extensive vetting.  Thirty-five thousand are ready. Facing the greatest refugee crisis in our time there is no reason to limit the number to 15,000.  Say it ain’t so, President Joe.

Within hours, President Joe was ready to cry Uncle, sending word that there had been some “confusion” and that, by May 15 he would announce a new cap, replacing the 15,000 figure.

Biden’s far-left manipulators then did a public victory dance, triumphantly celebrating the power they have over this weak and indecisive president. AOC crowed on Twitter:

This is a testament to the power that people’s movements, community advocates, & progressive coalitions have built. Thankful for that and the Biden admin’s decision to respond to organizers today. Now let’s get these families to their new homes here in the United States.

That’s who’s running your country these days, folks: community organizers, pulling the strings of a man who is little more than a marionette. Get used to it.

For more, see Fox News.


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