Arguments that the world is facing ‘unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs’
The State Department is proposing to double the number of refugees admitted to the United States.
“The Congressional report recommends raising the refugee admissions target from 62,500 in Fiscal Year 2021 to 125,000 in Fiscal Year 2022 to meet the needs arising from humanitarian crises around the world,” the State Department said. Press release.
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The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services provided presidential reports to Congress on the proposed presidential determination on refugee admissions to the judiciary committees of both the House and Senate. From there, the agencies will consult with Congress to determine the final number.
The statement argued that the world is facing “unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs,” noting that the US “has a long tradition of providing a safe haven and opportunity for persons fleeing persecution.”
“A strong refugee admissions program is critical to US foreign policy interests and national security purposes, and is a reflection of Native American values,” the statement said. “The United States has long been a global leader in refugee resettlement.”
The proposal comes as the US has evacuated thousands of Afghan allies and at-risk civilians after the end of the country’s nearly 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.
about 31,000 Afghan expatriates have already arrived in the US for processing, while 50,000 more are expected to be admitted to the country within the next month.
“The American Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) reflects our tradition as a nation that has long welcomed immigrants and refugees,” the statement said. “It is an important, enduring and continuing expression of our commitment to international humanitarian principles and reflects America’s best values and compassion.”