WASHINGTON—President Biden is set to sign an executive order keeping the refugee admissions cap for this year at a record-low 15,000, but eliminating Trump administration restrictions on which types of refugees qualify under that cap.
A White House official said the administration hadn’t ruled out increasing the cap this fiscal year and would revisit the issue once the 15,000 cap was reached.
The executive order will lift requirements that refugees coming within the 15,000 limit fit one of several categories, including Iraqis who aided the American military, Central Americans and people fleeing religious discrimination.
It will revert to the previous system, in place from the refugee program’s creation through 2019, that divides the overall allocation of refugee slots by region.
“We intend to use all 15,000 slots under the new Emergency Presidential Determination and will closely monitor progress toward that end,” a White House spokesman said.
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