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This is better:

After a backlash from Democrats and human rights activists, the White House abruptly reversed course on Friday on the number of refugees it will allow into the United States, a reflection of President Biden’s continuing struggle with immigration policy.

At midday on Friday, the administration had said it would limit the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to the historically low level of 15,000 set by the Trump administration, breaking an earlier pledge to greatly increase that number and let in more than 60,000 people fleeing war and persecution.

But that announcement drew immediate criticism from Democratic leaders. In a statement, Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and the majority whip, called the administration’s admissions target “unacceptable.”

“Facing the greatest refugee crisis in our time, there is no reason to limit the number to 15,000,” Mr. Durbin said. “Say it ain’t so, President Joe.”

Just hours later, the White House put out a statement saying it expected to increase the cap next month. It did not comment when asked to specify the number.

Again, I have no doubt that the logistical challenges posed by Trump’s Nazification of immigration policy are real. 62, 500 refugees this fiscal year might be too ambitious a target. But a cap is a cap — if you don’t reach it despite your honest efforts, OK, but there’s absolutely no reason to preemptively capitulate to Trump’s historically low numbers in mid-April, and nor is it plausible to think that Miller’s targets are some kind of natural limit even in the short term.

It’s good to have a president who is responsive to pressure from the left, but the pressure needs to be there! The immediate pushback on this was salutary and important.

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