The US State Department announced, Monday, that President Joe Biden submitted a proposal to Congress to increase the number of refugees that will be allowed into the United States next year.
The report submitted to the proposed presidential resolution on refugee admissions for the 2022 fiscal year to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees recommends increasing refugee admissions from 62,500 refugees in fiscal year 2021 to 125,000 in 2022.
The Foreign Ministry indicated that the goal of raising the number comes to “meet the needs resulting from humanitarian crises around the world” and “to confirm our commitment to resettling refugees in line with our long tradition of providing a safe haven and opportunity for individuals fleeing persecution.”
“As the world faces global displacement and unprecedented humanitarian needs, the United States is committed to leading efforts to provide protection and promote durable solutions to humanitarian crises, including providing resettlement for the most vulnerable,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in the statement.
The Department of State and the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services referred the President’s report to Congress on the proposed presidential resolution on refugee admissions for fiscal year 2022 to the relevant House and Senate committees.
“A strong refugee admissions program is critical to US foreign policy interests and national security objectives and is a reflection of core American values,” Price explained.
“The United States has long been a global leader in refugee resettlement. The United States Refugee Admissions Program reflects our traditions as a country that has always welcomed immigrants and refugees. It is an important, enduring, and enduring expression of our commitment to international humanitarian principles and reflects America’s best values and compassion.”