If Elected President, Joe or Bernie Will Dramatically Increase Refugee Admissions

Just so you know! The Refugee Act of 1980 gives the President the responsibility to set the annual refugee cap.  President Donald Trump has set the cap for this year at 18,000.

If elected Prez, Joe Biden would dramatically raise the cap higher than anything the Obama Administration ever did—to 125,000.

See Joe’s entire immigration plan here:


Increase the number of refugees we welcome into the country.

With more than 70 million displaced people in the world today, this is a moment that demands American leadership. Offering hope and safe haven to refugees is part of who we are as a country. As a senator, Joe Biden co-sponsored the legislation creating our refugee program, which Trump has steadily decimated. His Administration has reduced the refugee resettlement ceiling to its lowest levels in decades and slammed the door on thousands of individuals suffering persecution, many of whom face threats of violence or even death in their home countries. We cannot mobilize other countries to meet their humanitarian obligations if we are not ourselves upholding our cherished democratic values and firmly rejecting Trump’s nativist rhetoric and actions. Biden embraces the core values that have made us who we are and will prioritize restoring refugee admissions in line with our historic practice under both Democratic and Republican Administrations. He will set the annual global refugee admissions cap to 125,000, and seek to raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need.


Bernie is cagier and doesn’t stipulate a cap!  However, he says he will welcome 50,000 (or more!) climate refugees in addition to other refugees.

As President Bernie will:

  • Lift President Trump’s refugee caps and live up to our nation’s ideals and international law by welcoming those displaced from their homes.
  • Create a new program to welcome migrants displaced by climate change, and set a floor of accepting at least 50,000 climate migrants in his first year in office.

Biden vs Bernie: What Are Their Stances On Immigration?


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