Biden Administration Sets Refugee Target at 125,000 for Fiscal Year 2023

Micky Wootten | September 29, 2022 | 4:09pm EDT
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Internally displaced flood-affected people take refuge in a camp at Kotri in Jamshoro district of Sindh province on September 28, 2022. (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP via Getty Images)
Internally displaced flood-affected people take refuge in a camp at Kotri in Jamshoro district of Sindh province on September 28, 2022. (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Signaling its continued commitment to record-breaking refugee assistance, the Biden administration has set the refugee admissions target for Fiscal Year 2023 at 125,000.

In a Sept. 27 press release, the State Department announced that President Biden has signed the Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year

This year’s “ambitious goal” of taking in 125,000 new refugees “demonstrates that the United States is committed to rebuilding and strengthening the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP),” the State Department said. This “rebuilding” includes “building capacity, modernizing and streamlining overall operations, and resolving long-delayed applications.” 

Last year, the Biden administration set the highest cap in U.S. history at 125,000. As CNSNews.com reported at the time of the announcement, this number was 15,000 more than the previous record of 110,000 for Fiscal Year 2017 during the Obama-Biden administration.
 
USRAP was established in Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, also known as the Hart-Celler Act.  

Since its creation, the USRAP “has resettled nearly 3.5 million refugees in the United States,” the press release reports.

USRAP is managed by the State Department with help from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Each year, the president is tasked with sending a proposed ceiling on the number of refugees the U.S. should take in for each fiscal year. 

As the world currently faces “unprecedented levels of forced displacement,” the United States “continues to lead in international humanitarian response, including through increasing third country resettlement.” 

According to the State Department, the USRAP “embodies the best of American values and the will to help those in need, and it will continue to provide access to resettlement as a lifesaving, durable solution.” 

See also:

Refugee Admissions (Excluding Afghans) Fall Well Short of Biden’s Three-Decade-High Ceiling (Sept. 13, 2022)

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