President Biden is anticipated to sign an EO increasing the amount of refugees let into America by tens of thousands.
The cap on refugees must be approved by the sitting president, and President Trump kept the cap relatively small, ending with a level of only 15,000 refugees in 2021. During his campaign, Biden promised to raise the cap to 125,000.
Biden plans to sign an executive order possibly Friday as a part of his intention to raise the amount of refugees in the United States. It is not clear when Biden plans to get to the 125,000-refugee limit. But he has demonstrated to migrants south of the border, in countries like Honduras that his White House plans to remove certain immigration rules.
Before his inauguration, Biden’s team tried to send a message to a flood of migrants making their way to America in anticipation of Biden’s loosening immigration laws: “There is help coming, but this is not the time to make the trip.”
His team further warned the group that they might end up waiting in Mexico before their asylum claims are processed. Saying that those who already sought entrance would take precedent over the newcomers.
Biden’s administration also wants to grant citizenship to the 11 million illegals already in the country. His plan has met resistance in Congress from even Democrats whose votes are needed because of the party’s small margins of control in both the Senate and House.
Last week, Biden’s administration gave an order stopping the deportations of illegals. But then a federal judge blocked the order over certain procedural violations.
Texas A.G. Ken Paxton sued the government over President Biden’s order, saying that the freeze violated the agreement between Texas and the federal government.
“Among its first steps that damage Texas and the whole nation, the Biden White House has ordered DHS to violate immigration laws and break an agreement to cooperate with the state of Texas on that law. Texas defends the widest section of the border. Failure to enforce the law will directly harm our law enforcement and citizens,” Paxton said in a public message. “DHS itself has recently admitted that such a change in deportations would cause serious problems in Texas. I am certain that these perilous plans cannot continue. The rule of law must prevail.”