Rep. Grijalva Applauds Biden Administration’s Actions on Raising the Refugee Cap

May 3, 2021
Press Release

TUCSON— Today, the Biden Administration announced that it is lifting the annual refugee cap to 62,500. This reverses the previous historically low cap of 15,000 instituted by the Trump Administration. After the announcement, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:

“The previously low number from the Trump Administration served no national security purpose and was simply another example of racism and xenophobia dictating immigration policies. This reversal of former President Trump’s shameful policy reaffirms that America will continue to serve as a symbol of hope for people fleeing violence and persecution from around the world. The Biden Administration must now continue working to rebuild the refugee resettlement infrastructure destroyed by Trump and allow more families to come to our country, build new lives, and become part of the diverse America we know and love. America should be a welcoming place for the most vulnerable, and our policies must reflect that.”

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