Biden denounces Trump policy after Dems denounced him

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Biden with Harris in backgroundAfter angering fellow Democrats weeks ago, President Joe Biden is capitulating to the Far Left by quadrupling the cap on refugee submissions to the U.S.

After announcing his intentions to do so in February, President Biden on Tuesday raised the nation's cap to 62,500 after his concern over unemployed Americans angered fellow Democrats who demanded Biden distance himself from Donald Trump.

Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform points out that President Biden weeks ago said he intended to keep the cap at 15,000 over concerns about unemployment a year into the business-crushing COVID-19 pandemic.

The national unemployment rate in February was 6.2%, nearly double the 2020 rate of 3.5%, and unemployment for black and Hispanic minorities was in double digits three months ago. 

According to The Associated Press, Biden’s proposal that he sent to Congress in mid-February stated the cap would eventually be expanded but also stated the Trump-imposed cap “remains justified by humanitarian concerns and is otherwise in the national interest.”

Among the open-borders Democrats, however, Biden’s statement likely mirrored Donald Trump’s nationalist “America First” mantra that was denounced as racist and xenophobic by the Left.  

Sen. Dick Durbin called Biden’s announcement “unacceptable” when it was announced in February, the AP recalled, and within hours the White House was vowing to increase the cap.

According to Mehlman, Biden’s foot-dragging in February set off open borders advocates.

“Who were yelling and screaming,” he recalls, “and within a matter of hours he backed down in the face of the pressure."

Mehlman

According to the AP version of the past several months, Biden received “additional information” that caused him to sign paperwork setting the cap at 62,500.

Despite mirroring Donald Trump months ago, Biden said this week that Trump’s cap “did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.”

“This is another indication that the people in charge of our immigration policy today represent the most radical fringes of our society,” Mehlman counters. “This is an issue in which [Biden] has ceded complete control to the radical fringes at the expense, and to the detriment, of the American public."

The cap of 62,500 is likely to be increased to 125,000 for the new fiscal year that starts in 2022, the AP said.

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