Amid a historic surge of immigrants attempting to enter the United States across the southern border, the State Department proposed doubling refugee admissions for the fiscal year 2022 from 62,500 to 125,000.
On Monday, September 20, the State Department issued a press release stating that the President recommended that Congress increase refugee admissions for the fiscal year 2022, given the ‘humanitarian crisis around the world.’
“With the world facing unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs, the United States is committed to leading efforts to provide protection and promote durable solutions to humanitarian crises, to include providing resettlement for the most vulnerable,” the State Department release said.
“The Report to Congress recommends an increase in the refugee admissions target from 62,500 in Fiscal Year 2021 to 125,000 in Fiscal Year 2022.”
The President’s proposal, submitted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to Congress, needs House and Senate approval.
In the statement, the State Department asserts that “a robust refugee admissions program is critical to U.S. foreign policy interests and national security objectives, and is a reflection of core American values.”
According to Fox News, nearly 31,000 Afghan migrants have already arrived in the United States for placement. At the same time, more than 50,000 more are expected to be admitted into the country over the next month.
“The United States has long been a global leader in refugee resettlement. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) reflects our tradition as a nation that has long welcomed immigrants and refugees,” the State Department explained.
Critical time at the border
The President’s recommendation comes days after reports of a group of 12,000 Haitian immigrants who crossed the border and camped under a bridge in the city of Del Rio, Texas.
Although the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, confirmed to the media that as of Wednesday the federal government would begin deporting this group of Haitians, Republican governors demanded a meeting with President Biden to address the immigrant crisis affecting their states.
“A crisis that began at our southern border now extends beyond every state and requires immediate action before the situation worsens,” wrote 26 Republican governors, including Ron DeSantis of Florida, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona.
In their letter, the governors detail their concerns that fentanyl trafficking this year is more than in the previous three years.
“While governors are doing what we can, our Constitution requires that the President must faithfully execute the immigration laws passed by Congress,” the letter says. “Not only has the federal government created a crisis, it has left our states to deal with challenges that only the federal government has a duty to solve.”
The letter highlights that so far, in 2021, illegal immigrant apprehensions at the border increased 500 percent more than the previous year, totaling 1.3 million migrants, a number exceeding nine states’ populations combined.
“Approximately 9700 illegal apprehensions have prior criminal convictions. Cartels and traffickers are making 14 million a day moving people illegally across the border,” the Republican governors assert.
Although recognizing the President’s tight schedule, the governors concluded their letter by requesting a meeting with Joe Biden within 15 days to ‘end the national crisis.’