N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON:- President Joe Biden has announced that the United States will accept 125,000 foreign refugees.
Biden will only be able to accept 125,000 foreign refugees after October 1, as former President Donald Trump has set a maximum acceptance quota of 15,000 by the end of September.
Biden on Thursday approved an executive order to rehabilitate the refugee program.
Biden made the announcement in a special address after a meeting with the Secretary of State and State Department staff at the State Department.
In order to maintain US leadership in the refugee program, Biden plans to bring in more refugees.
As former President Donald Trump cuts the annual refugee quota, Biden has vowed to significantly increase the number during his election campaign.
Trump has reduced the number of refugees for the current fiscal year to 15,000, the lowest level since 1980.
When former President Donald Trump took office, former President Barack Obama set an annual refugee quota of 110,000 for fiscal year 2017. But only 53,116 refugees were accepted that year.
In the previous fiscal year, 2016, Obama set an annual refugee quota of 85,000. That year, 84,994 refugees arrived in the United States, the highest number since 1999.