AOC, Others, Call For Increase On Refugee Cap For Afghans
Reps. Barbara Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and more than 60 other House Democrats on Thursday urged the Biden administration to raise the U.S. refugee admissions cap to at least 200,000 for Fiscal Year 2022, a demand that came after at least 90 Afghans were killed in an attack near Kabul’s international airport.
In a letter (pdf) to President Joe Biden, 66 Democratic lawmakers wrote that “as the people of Afghanistan face an unfolding tragedy, the United States must open its doors to refugees fleeing the devastating consequences of a 20-year U.S. military occupation and 40 years of U.S.-fueled war.”
“To ensure their safety, we urge you to increase the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program cap to no less than 200,000 when you issue your Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 before October 1st,” the letter reads. “We also urge you to expand humanitarian parole to provide refuge to vulnerable Afghans.”
Earlier this year, Biden set the Fiscal…