Rep. Omar’s Statement on President Biden Raising Refugee Cap

February 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement after President Biden announced an increase in the refugee cap from 15,000 to 125,000. Rep. Omar has long been a proponent of increasing the number of refugees admitted to the United States. 

“I am thrilled President Biden has taken needed action to increase the number of refugees allowed in the United States,” said Rep. Omar. “Today, President Biden has signaled to the world that we will no longer turn our back to those suffering from global catastrophe. The last administration abandoned those fleeing persecution and violence—creating policy unreflective of the values America stands for. Since taking office, I have advocated for executive action on the refugee admissions cap and am pleased we are finally turning the page towards a more inclusive immigration policy. As someone who came here as a refugee, I dreamed of one day coming to the United States—a country that promised peace and opportunity. I am hopeful many people living through unthinkable situations will now also be able to call the United States their home. Now, we must take legislative action to enshrine this number of refugees admitted into law so that no future president can drop it ever again.”