Padilla Statement on Biden Administration Refugee Admission Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif), chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Safety, released the following statement after the Biden administration announced it would increase the Fiscal Year 2021 refugee admissions target to 62,500: 

“This is welcome news as we work to restore the United States’ leadership as a safe haven for refugees, and strengthens our ability to protect the most vulnerable refugees from conflicts all over the world. I’m glad to see President Biden follow through on his commitment to raise the refugee cap for this fiscal year, and I urge the administration to work as quickly as possible to reach that target.”

Padilla has advocated for the refugee cap to be increased and recently joined in sending a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to issue an updated presidential determination with an increased refugee admissions target for the remainder of FY 2021. Padilla also urged President Biden to set a target of at least 125,000 refugee admissions in FY 2022.