The Refugee Consultation Process Is in Serious Need of Reform

Source: Niskanen Center
by Haley Hamblin

“In February 2021, President Biden announced that the United States would accept up to 62,500 refugees in the current fiscal year, up from the cap of 15,000 set by his predecessor, Donald Trump. The administration held a mid-year consultation with Congress — as required by law — and presented a report on its plans. But in April, the administration reneged on its commitment and returned to the 15,000 cap. … The reversal set off a firestorm of criticism not only from immigration advocates but also from congressional Democrats, including Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin, and the chastened administration quickly went back to the 62,500 number. The Biden administration could have easily avoided this fumble by following the law and simply consulting with Congress before announcing a policy change.” (07/07/21)