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Congresswoman Sara Jacobs Statement on the White House Raising the Refugee Cap to 62,500

San Diego, California, May 3, 2021 | Karla Alvarado (202-821-2240)

On Monday, President Biden announced that the United States will establish a new refugee cap of 62,500 for the fiscal year, up from a historically low number of 15,000 established by the Trump Administration.  

President Biden also stated that “the new admissions cap will also reinforce efforts that are already underway to expand the United States’ capacity to admit refugees, so that we can reach the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions that I intend to set for the coming fiscal year.” 

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA-53), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on President Biden to lift the refugee cap last month. 

Congresswoman Jacobs released the following statement: 

“We have a moral obligation to provide safety and security to refugees fleeing violence and humanitarian crises. I’m glad that President Biden lifted the unthinkably low cap set by the previous administration and look forward to working together to reach 125,000 refugee admissions next year.”