United States President Joe Biden speaks about America’s employment plan after touring Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia on May 3, 2021.

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President Joe Biden will raise the annual US refugee cap for the fiscal year to 62,500 attendees, revising the much lower number set under the Trump administration, which “did not reflect American values,” Biden said Monday.

“It is important to take these measures today to remove all doubts in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much and are eagerly awaiting the start of their new lives,” the president said in a statement.

The Biden administration has faced immense pressure from Democrats and activists to quickly raise the refugee ceiling from the historic low of 15,000 set under former President Donald Trump.

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