The refugee cap determines the number of refugees who can enter the United States, but the administration does not need to reach that number and did not reach it last fiscal year. Although he raised the annual cap to 125,000, he admitted that his goal within his first fiscal year as president “will still be difficult to achieve.”
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The United States has admitted millions of refugees to the country since the 1980 Refugee Act and has outperformed other countries in hosting refugees for years. A set of restrictions that cuts down on qualified people.
The immigration process for refugees is difficult and can take years to complete. Refugee advocates say the challenges are exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Aug. 31, federal data showed the U.S. was only allowing 19,919 refugees into the country, well below the Biden administration’s goal of 125,000 refugees, with one or more fiscal years left. It’s the moon.