After Leftist Criticism Psaki Blames Reaction To Biden’s Policy Decision On ‘Confusion’

This past Friday, President Joe Biden was harshly criticized after he decided to go against promises and not raise Trump’s “historically low cap” of 15,000 refugees for the year.

Despite the promises made this past February to “bolster US refugee admissions after four years of deep cuts” by raising “the annual admissions cap to 125,000 people,” the primary focus of Biden’s policy now sits on the definition of refugee status. The Associated Press reported, “A senior administration official said Biden’s new allocations could result in speedier admissions of already screened and vetted refugees in a manner of days. The new allocations provide more slots for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America and lift Trump’s restrictions on resettlements from Somalia, Syria and Yemen.”

The critics were fast to bring to light that Biden’s policy is a failure to deliver on one of his campaign promises in regards to the expansion of admissions for refugees.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) commented on the situation by describing the policy as “Completely and utterly unacceptable.”

“Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise,” Ocasio-Cortez went on. “Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong.”

“Keep your promise.”  — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also commented, “There are simply no excuses for today’s disgraceful decision.”

“It goes directly against our values and risks the lives of little boys and girls huddled in refugee camps around the world,” Omar stated, adding, “I know, because I was one.”

Omar went on to share video proof of Biden’s previous call to allow additional refugees, stating that “This was the Joe Biden people campaigned and voted for.”

Jonathan Swan with Axios all chimed in by tweeting, “Biden keeps the Trump / Stephen Miller refugee cap. Genuinely curious to hear Biden allies explain how what was ‘racist’ and ‘cruel’ under Trump is now enlightened and humane.”

The recoil from critics was so severe that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki almost immediately started walking back Biden’s announcement by saying that there was another decision that Biden would be making to set a “final, increased refugee cap” by May 15.

NPR also reported, “The White House is walking back its announcement that it will keep the Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000,” going on to add that “White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden would ‘set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15.'”

“While finalizing that determination, the president was urged to take immediate action to reverse the Trump policy that banned refugees from many key regions, to enable flights from those regions to begin within days; today’s order did that. With that done, we expect the president to set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki released in a statement, going on to claim that “The President’s directive today has been the subject of some confusion.”

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