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Published on May 4, 2021 8:25 AM

by Lisa Hagen

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President Joe Biden announced an increase in the annual refugee admissions limit on Monday.Evan Vucci/AP-File) We have reopened the program to new refugees.
 
President Joe Biden announced Monday that he's raising the annual refugee admissions limit to 62,500, a decision that comes weeks after facing fierce backlash over keeping the number set by the Trump administration and appearing to renege on a pledge to lift the ceiling.

The cap on the number of refugees who can be admitted into the U.S. is currently at 15,000 for fiscal 2021, a record-low number set by former President Donald Trump that Democratic lawmakers and refugee advocates vigorously pushed for the Biden administration to significantly increase.

Biden, who has come under immense pressure over his immigration agenda from Republicans and some Democrats alike, also reiterated his goal of further raising the limit to 125,000 refugees in his first fiscal year as president, though he acknowledged in the statement that it "will still be hard to hit."