Immigration has been one area in which Biden has at times underperformed expectations. But having a president who is receptive to pressure from liberals rather than structuring everything about his politics around owning them is actually a pretty major improvement:
President Joe Biden is formally pledging to accept as many as 62,500 refugees this fiscal year, even as he cautioned Monday that it will not be possible to meet that goal given the state of the resettlement program he inherited.
“This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees,” Biden said in a statement.
Soon after taking office, Biden pledged to reverse years of cuts and accept as many as 125,000 refugees in the next fiscal year, a level that has not been reached since 1992. And his administration said in February that it would committ to accept about half that number before the current fiscal year runs out.
If Trump’s destruction of the resettlement system means that the target isn’t meant this year, OK, but no reason to concede preemptively.
The number of unaccompanied migrant children held in jail-like conditions by US Customs and Border Protection dropped nearly 84% in the span of a month, according to a White House official, underscoring the significant progress made by the administration after reaching record high custody figures.As of Wednesday, there were 954 children in CBP facilities, down from a peak of 5,767 on March 28, the official told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record.
No longer having a Nazi in charge of immigration policy seems good, to me.