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President Biden increased the limit of refugee admissions to 62,500 for this fiscal year on Monday following intense pressure from fellow Democrats.President Biden increased the limit of refugee admissions to 62,500 for this fiscal year on Monday following intense pressure from fellow Democrats.

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Poneo Wilondja is a refugee from the Congo who has been in Utah for nearly two years. He's still waiting to reunite with his mother and siblings and eventually with his wife and daughter. President Joe Biden's expansion of the refugee program may make that easier to accomplish.Poneo Wilondja is a refugee from the Congo who has been in Utah for nearly two years. He's still waiting to reunite with his mother and siblings and eventually with his wife and daughter. President Joe Biden's expansion of the refugee program may make that easier to accomplish.

Biden will accept more refugees and this Utah man may be able to reunite with his mom, wife and baby girl

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The new ceiling for refugee admissions will be 62,500 — far above former President Donald Trump's cap of 15,000. Advocates had been concerned Biden was not moving fast enough on a campaign promise.The new ceiling for refugee admissions will be 62,500 — far above former President Donald Trump's cap of 15,000. Advocates had been concerned Biden was not moving fast enough on a campaign promise.

Biden Raises Refugee Cap Far Above Trump's Limit : NPR

The new cap is the same as the old cap: 62,500. It’s yet another twist in an extremely rocky policy rollout.

Biden White House reverses on its refugee cap reversal - POLITICO

The Biden administration had initially kept a Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000.The Biden administration had initially kept a Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000.

Biden increases refugee cap to 62,500 after backlash - CBS News

President Joe Biden says he will raise the cap on refugees for the current fiscal year up to 62,500 from the current 15,000 - although he admits the nation may not reach the cap.President Joe Biden says he will raise the cap on refugees for the current fiscal year up to 62,500 from the current 15,000 - although he admits the nation may not reach the cap.

Biden WILL raise the refugee cap from 15,000 to 62,500 this year after several u-turns | Daily Mail Online

"Repugnant" but not surprising: Trump "stripped down" safeguards against killing civilians in drone strikes"Repugnant" but not surprising: Trump "stripped down" safeguards against killing civilians in drone strikes

Biden White House releases Trump's secret rules on use of lethal force overseas | Salon.com

President Joe Biden announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 -- up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump.President Joe Biden announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 -- up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump.

Joe Biden Raises US Refugee Limit To 62,500 After Criticism

President Biden announced an increase in the annual number of refugees allowed in the United States.President Biden announced an increase in the annual number of refugees allowed in the United States.

Biden Set to Deliver on Initial Pledge to Raise Refugee Cap - Rolling Stone

The president reneged on that promise last month. People weren't happy.The president reneged on that promise last month. People weren't happy.

Raising the Refugee Cap Should Be Just the Start of Fixing America’s Inhumane Immigration Policy – Reason.com

He had originally planned to keep a Trump-era ceiling of 15,000 in place.He had originally planned to keep a Trump-era ceiling of 15,000 in place.

Biden to raise refugee cap to 62,500 - Axios

(RNS) — ‘The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,’ the president said in his announcement. ‘We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years.’(RNS) — ‘The sad truth is that we will not achieve 62,500 admissions this year,’ the president said in his announcement. ‘We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years.’

Biden raises refugee ceiling, and faith-based groups brace for rebuilding work

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has disclosed a set of rules secretly issued by President Donald Trump in 2017 for counterterrorism “direct action” operations — like drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional war zones — which the White House has suspended as it weighs whether and how to tighten the guidelines. While the Biden administration censored some passages, the visible portions show that in the Trump era, commanders in the field were given latitude to make decisions about attacks so long as they fit within broad sets of “operating principles,” including that there should be “near certainty” that civilians “will not be injured or killed in the course of operations.” At the same time, however, the Trump-era rules were flexible about permitting exceptions to that and other standards, saying that “variations” could be made “where necessary” so long as certain bureaucratic procedures were followed in approving them. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times In October, Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York had ordered the government turn over the 11-page document in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by The New York Times and by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Biden administration inherited that case and sought a delay but has now complied, providing a copy to both plaintiffs late Friday. The Biden administration suspended the Trump-era rules on its first day in office and imposed an interim policy of requiring White House approval for proposed strikes outside of the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. At the same time, the Biden team began a review of how both Obama- and Trump-era policies had worked — both on paper and in practice — with an eye toward developing its own policy. The review, officials said, discovered that Trump-era principles to govern strikes in certain countries often made an exception to the requirement of “near certainty” that there would be no civilian casualties. While it kept that rule for women and children, it permitted a lower standard of merely “reasonable certainty” when it came to civilian adult men. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, declined to comment on the Trump-era rules. “We’ll let the previous administration speak to their policies,” she said. Brett Max Kaufman, a senior staff lawyer with the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, portrayed the Trump-era rules as having “stripped down even the minimal safeguards President Obama established in his rules for lethal strikes outside recognized conflicts” and called on President Joe Biden to end “secretive and unaccountable use of lethal force.” But Thomas P. Bossert, who helped oversee interagency development of the Trump-era rules in 2017 when he was a top counterterrorism adviser to Trump, said he was proud of them and argued that the policy “should not be dismissed or replaced without careful consideration and an examination of the results it produced.” “I stand by the policies I helped produce,” Bossert said. “They were informed by American values, the principles of the laws of armed conflict, and tailored to combat the real and present threat to America and her allies.” The Biden review and deliberations over a potential new direct-action policy were initially expected to last 60 days, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. But officials are now talking about extending them to six months, they said. The policy discussions, they said, were slowed by an effort to obtain reliable comparative data about civilian casualties from past strikes — and disputes over whether the military’s estimates were accurate. Claims of civilian casualties are often murky from strikes in remote and inaccessible regions. The deliberations have also been complicated by Biden’s decision to end the Afghanistan War by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks this year. The administration intends to maintain an ability to strike at any emerging terrorism threats that may subsequently emanate from there, which will make it subject for the first time to the rules for airstrikes, including by drones, outside conventional war zones. It is not yet clear where in the region assets like drones will be based after the pullout from Afghanistan, which in turn affects how long surveillance craft will be available to hover over potential strike zones to watch who comes and goes before an attack. As a result, the question of whether to tighten the requirement of “near certainty” that no civilians will be killed so that it always protects adult men has become intertwined with other complex and unresolved policy decisions. Targeted killings away from conventional war zones have become a central feature of the sprawling war that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, raising legal and policy questions that remain in flux, even as the threat from al-Qaida and its splintering progeny morphs and evolves as well. Such intermittent combat activity has been driven by the emergence of armed drone technology and the propensity of transnational terrorist groups to operate from poorly governed spaces or failed states where there are few or no U.S. troops on the ground, but also no effective local government with a police force, including the tribal region of Pakistan, rural Yemen and portions of Somalia and Libya. Drone strikes began under the administration of George W. Bush and soared during Barack Obama’s first term — along with political and legal battles over reports of civilian casualties and, in 2011, the government’s deliberate killing of a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial. In May 2013, Obama imposed a set of rules intended to govern such operations and constrain their excessive use. It required a high-level, interagency review of whether a terrorism suspect posed a threat to Americans, as well as “near certainty” that no civilian bystanders would be killed. In October 2017, Trump replaced Obama’s system with a more relaxed and decentralized system. It permitted operators in the field to decide whether to target suspects based on their status as members of a terrorist group, rather than based on their threats as individuals, and so long as conditions laid out in the general operating principles for that area had been met. Many Obama-era national security officials have returned in the Biden administration, raising expectations that Trump’s changes would be at least partly rolled back. Still, some military and intelligence professionals chafed under Obama’s system, saying it was too bureaucratic, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. The Trump administration did not make public that it had developed a new framework for drone strikes in 2017, although the Times reported on its existence and some of its key features at the time. Bossert said he had unsuccessfully pushed then to declassify and make public its key parts. “I suggested relevant parts of the policy be declassified — from the outset,” he said. “My suggestion was not followed. Nevertheless, this debate and our core principles of valuing innocent life, while taking only the most evil, should always be open to the light of day.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times CompanyWASHINGTON — The Biden administration has disclosed a set of rules secretly issued by President Donald Trump in 2017 for counterterrorism “direct action” operations — like drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional war zones — which the White House has suspended as it weighs whether and how to tighten the guidelines. While the Biden administration censored some passages, the visible portions show that in the Trump era, commanders in the field were given latitude to make decisions about attacks so long as they fit within broad sets of “operating principles,” including that there should be “near certainty” that civilians “will not be injured or killed in the course of operations.” At the same time, however, the Trump-era rules were flexible about permitting exceptions to that and other standards, saying that “variations” could be made “where necessary” so long as certain bureaucratic procedures were followed in approving them. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times In October, Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York had ordered the government turn over the 11-page document in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by The New York Times and by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Biden administration inherited that case and sought a delay but has now complied, providing a copy to both plaintiffs late Friday. The Biden administration suspended the Trump-era rules on its first day in office and imposed an interim policy of requiring White House approval for proposed strikes outside of the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. At the same time, the Biden team began a review of how both Obama- and Trump-era policies had worked — both on paper and in practice — with an eye toward developing its own policy. The review, officials said, discovered that Trump-era principles to govern strikes in certain countries often made an exception to the requirement of “near certainty” that there would be no civilian casualties. While it kept that rule for women and children, it permitted a lower standard of merely “reasonable certainty” when it came to civilian adult men. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, declined to comment on the Trump-era rules. “We’ll let the previous administration speak to their policies,” she said. Brett Max Kaufman, a senior staff lawyer with the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, portrayed the Trump-era rules as having “stripped down even the minimal safeguards President Obama established in his rules for lethal strikes outside recognized conflicts” and called on President Joe Biden to end “secretive and unaccountable use of lethal force.” But Thomas P. Bossert, who helped oversee interagency development of the Trump-era rules in 2017 when he was a top counterterrorism adviser to Trump, said he was proud of them and argued that the policy “should not be dismissed or replaced without careful consideration and an examination of the results it produced.” “I stand by the policies I helped produce,” Bossert said. “They were informed by American values, the principles of the laws of armed conflict, and tailored to combat the real and present threat to America and her allies.” The Biden review and deliberations over a potential new direct-action policy were initially expected to last 60 days, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. But officials are now talking about extending them to six months, they said. The policy discussions, they said, were slowed by an effort to obtain reliable comparative data about civilian casualties from past strikes — and disputes over whether the military’s estimates were accurate. Claims of civilian casualties are often murky from strikes in remote and inaccessible regions. The deliberations have also been complicated by Biden’s decision to end the Afghanistan War by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks this year. The administration intends to maintain an ability to strike at any emerging terrorism threats that may subsequently emanate from there, which will make it subject for the first time to the rules for airstrikes, including by drones, outside conventional war zones. It is not yet clear where in the region assets like drones will be based after the pullout from Afghanistan, which in turn affects how long surveillance craft will be available to hover over potential strike zones to watch who comes and goes before an attack. As a result, the question of whether to tighten the requirement of “near certainty” that no civilians will be killed so that it always protects adult men has become intertwined with other complex and unresolved policy decisions. Targeted killings away from conventional war zones have become a central feature of the sprawling war that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, raising legal and policy questions that remain in flux, even as the threat from al-Qaida and its splintering progeny morphs and evolves as well. Such intermittent combat activity has been driven by the emergence of armed drone technology and the propensity of transnational terrorist groups to operate from poorly governed spaces or failed states where there are few or no U.S. troops on the ground, but also no effective local government with a police force, including the tribal region of Pakistan, rural Yemen and portions of Somalia and Libya. Drone strikes began under the administration of George W. Bush and soared during Barack Obama’s first term — along with political and legal battles over reports of civilian casualties and, in 2011, the government’s deliberate killing of a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial. In May 2013, Obama imposed a set of rules intended to govern such operations and constrain their excessive use. It required a high-level, interagency review of whether a terrorism suspect posed a threat to Americans, as well as “near certainty” that no civilian bystanders would be killed. In October 2017, Trump replaced Obama’s system with a more relaxed and decentralized system. It permitted operators in the field to decide whether to target suspects based on their status as members of a terrorist group, rather than based on their threats as individuals, and so long as conditions laid out in the general operating principles for that area had been met. Many Obama-era national security officials have returned in the Biden administration, raising expectations that Trump’s changes would be at least partly rolled back. Still, some military and intelligence professionals chafed under Obama’s system, saying it was too bureaucratic, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. The Trump administration did not make public that it had developed a new framework for drone strikes in 2017, although the Times reported on its existence and some of its key features at the time. Bossert said he had unsuccessfully pushed then to declassify and make public its key parts. “I suggested relevant parts of the policy be declassified — from the outset,” he said. “My suggestion was not followed. Nevertheless, this debate and our core principles of valuing innocent life, while taking only the most evil, should always be open to the light of day.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company

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President Joe Biden said in a statement on Monday that he is increasing the country's refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, up from...President Joe Biden said in a statement on Monday that he is increasing the country's refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, up from...

Biden lifts refugee admissions cap to 62,500 from Trump's 15,000 - MarketWatch

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After first deciding to leave the nation's cap on refugees allowed into the US where it was, President Biden announced Monday that as many as 62,500 can enter the country...Because of Trump cutbacks, government won't fill all spots this year

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Biden to allow up to 62,500 refugees into US after criticismBiden to allow up to 62,500 refugees into US after criticism

Biden to allow up to 62,500 refugees into US after criticism - France 24

President Joe Biden is formally raising the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year.President Joe Biden is formally raising the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year.

Biden raises refugee admissions to 62,5000 after facing backlash

President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the cap on refugees admitted into the country to 62,500, up from the 15,000 cap.President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the cap on refugees admitted into the country to 62,500, up from the 15,000 cap the administration said would remain in place last month.

Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500 amid progressive outcry

President Joe Biden announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 -- up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump.The change follows backlash from allies over Biden's earl...President Joe Biden announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 -- up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump.The change follows backlash from allies over Biden's earl...

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The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.

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The Biden administration on Monday announced that it will raise the refugee cap to 62,500 this fiscal year, following backlash the President faced last month…Biden Raises Refugee Cap To 62,500 After Backlash For Keeping Trump Era Limit

Biden Raises Refugee Cap To 62,500 After Backlash For Keeping Trump Era Limit | Talking Points Memo

Biden's flip on American refugee numbers erases Trump's historically low numberBiden's flip on American refugee numbers erases Trump's historically low number

President Biden changes course on American refugee numbers | RNZ News

President had decided to keep Donald Trump's immigration limits before facing fury from his party President had decided to keep Donald Trump's immigration limits before facing fury from his party

Joe Biden raises US cap on refugees after backlash from Democrats

President Joe Biden announced Monday that he would be raising the refugee admissions cap for the current fiscal year to 62,500 from the previous administration’s 15,000 refugee cap. President Joe Biden announced Monday that he would be raising the refugee admissions cap for the current fiscal year to 62,500 from the previous administration’s 15,000 refugee cap. 

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Progressive groups have pushed Biden to announce that he wants to dramatically raise the inflow of refugees up to 62,500 by October 1.Progressive groups have pushed Biden to announce that he wants to dramatically raise the inflow of refugees up to 62,500 by October 1.

Biden Bends to Pressure, Increases Refugee Inflow in 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing a wave of criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing a wave of criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.

Heeding complaints, Biden lifts refugee cap to 62,500 | Reuters

The new cap is the same as the old cap: 62,500. It’s yet another twist in an extremely rocky policy rollout.

Biden White House reverses on its refugee cap reversal

US News: WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Monday formally raised the nation's cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan bl.US News: WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Monday formally raised the nation's cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan bl.

Biden raises Trump refugee cap after delay backlash - Times of India

President said last month he would leave Trump-era figure of 15,000 in place this yearPresident said last month he would leave Trump-era figure of 15,000 in place this year

Biden raises US refugee admissions cap to 62,500 after delay sparks anger | Refugees | The Guardian

WASHINGTON, DC — The Biden administration will raise the refugee ceiling to 62,500 people this fiscal year, the White House confirmed, after receiving swift criticism last month when President Joe Biden kept the lower Trump-era cap in place. “I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year,” Biden said

Biden set to raise refugee cap to 62,500 after blowback - KVIA

President Joe Biden on Monday formally raised the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by former President Donald Trump. Refugee resettlement agencies have waited for Biden to quadruple the number of refugees allowed into the United States this […]President Joe Biden on Monday formally raised the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceil…

Biden raises Trump refugee cap to 62,500 after facing backlash for delay | KTLA

President Joe Biden is formally lifting the nation’s refugee cap to 62,500 this yearPresident Joe Biden is formally lifting the nation’s refugee cap to 62,500 this year

Biden lifts Trump refugee cap after delay backlash Congress Central America Somalia Joe Biden Democratic | The Independent

"Not surprising but no less repugnant: Trump stripped down already minimal safeguards from U.S. targeted killings.""Not surprising but no less repugnant: Trump stripped down already minimal safeguards from U.S. targeted killings."

End 'Forever Wars,' Biden Told as White House Releases Document on Trump's Secret Lethal Force Rules | Common Dreams News

Biden Heeds Complaints, Lifts Refugee Cap to 62,500President Joe Biden said on Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing a wave of criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.A Democrat, Biden formally reversed himself just...

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The change follows backlash from allies over Mr Biden’s earlier decision to keep the Trump-era limits.. Read more at straitstimes.com.United States News -The change follows backlash from allies over Mr Biden’s earlier decision to keep the Trump-era limits.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

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Joe Biden has announced that he is raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 - up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump. Joe Biden has announced that he is raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 - up from the 15,000 cap imposed by...

After wave of criticism, Joe Biden raises refugee cap far above Donald Trump's limit | SBS News

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