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President said last month he would leave Trump-era figure of 15,000 in place this yearPresident said last month he would leave Trump-era figure of 15,000 in place this year

Biden raises US refugee admissions cap to 62,500 after delay sparks anger | Refugees | The Guardian

Today, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year. This erases the historically low number set by theToday, I am revising the United States’ annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for this fiscal year. This erases the historically low number set by the

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U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.

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Refugee advocates slammed US President Joe Biden last month after he went back on a plan to raise the admissions limit.Refugee advocates slammed US President Joe Biden last month after he went back on a plan to raise the admissions limit.

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Joe Biden's administration on Friday unsealed a set of rules Donald Trump secretly issued for counterterrorism operations in 2017 - which are now under review by the White House.Joe Biden's administration on Friday unsealed a set of rules Donald Trump secretly issued for counterterrorism operations in 2017 - which are now under review by the White House.

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The move that follows months of wavering from the admnistration and fierce blowback from human rights advocates and fellow Democrats.The move that follows months of wavering from the admnistration and fierce blowback from human rights advocates and fellow Democrats.

Biden to lift refugee cap to 62,500 - The Washington Post

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The Biden administration said Monday it would allow 62,500 refugees to resettle in the United States, up from 15,000 during the Trump administration.The Biden administration said Monday it would allow 62,500 refugees to resettle in the United States, up from 15,000 during the Trump administration.

Joe Biden to lift Trump-era refugee cap after drawing backlash

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President Biden is preparing to raise this year's refugee cap from the historic low set by his predecessor.President Biden is preparing to raise this year's refugee cap from the historic low set by his predecessor.

Biden Raising 2021 Refugee Cap to 62,500, but Says US Will Not Reach It

President Biden increased the limit of refugee admissions to 62,500 for this fiscal year on Monday following intense pressure from fellow Democrats.President Biden increased the limit of refugee admissions to 62,500 for this fiscal year on Monday following intense pressure from fellow Democrats.

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The Biden administration had initially kept a Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000.The Biden administration had initially kept a Trump-era refugee cap of 15,000.

Biden increases refugee cap to 62,500 after backlash - CBS News

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Biden to allow up to 62,500 refugees into US after criticism - France 24

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has disclosed a set of rules secretly issued by President Donald Trump in 2017 for counterterrorism “direct action” operations — like drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional war zones — which the White House has suspended as it weighs whether and how to tighten the guidelines. While the Biden administration censored some passages, the visible portions show that in the Trump era, commanders in the field were given latitude to make decisions about attacks so long as they fit within broad sets of “operating principles,” including that there should be “near certainty” that civilians “will not be injured or killed in the course of operations.” At the same time, however, the Trump-era rules were flexible about permitting exceptions to that and other standards, saying that “variations” could be made “where necessary” so long as certain bureaucratic procedures were followed in approving them. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times In October, Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York had ordered the government turn over the 11-page document in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by The New York Times and by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Biden administration inherited that case and sought a delay but has now complied, providing a copy to both plaintiffs late Friday. The Biden administration suspended the Trump-era rules on its first day in office and imposed an interim policy of requiring White House approval for proposed strikes outside of the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. At the same time, the Biden team began a review of how both Obama- and Trump-era policies had worked — both on paper and in practice — with an eye toward developing its own policy. The review, officials said, discovered that Trump-era principles to govern strikes in certain countries often made an exception to the requirement of “near certainty” that there would be no civilian casualties. While it kept that rule for women and children, it permitted a lower standard of merely “reasonable certainty” when it came to civilian adult men. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, declined to comment on the Trump-era rules. “We’ll let the previous administration speak to their policies,” she said. Brett Max Kaufman, a senior staff lawyer with the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, portrayed the Trump-era rules as having “stripped down even the minimal safeguards President Obama established in his rules for lethal strikes outside recognized conflicts” and called on President Joe Biden to end “secretive and unaccountable use of lethal force.” But Thomas P. Bossert, who helped oversee interagency development of the Trump-era rules in 2017 when he was a top counterterrorism adviser to Trump, said he was proud of them and argued that the policy “should not be dismissed or replaced without careful consideration and an examination of the results it produced.” “I stand by the policies I helped produce,” Bossert said. “They were informed by American values, the principles of the laws of armed conflict, and tailored to combat the real and present threat to America and her allies.” The Biden review and deliberations over a potential new direct-action policy were initially expected to last 60 days, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. But officials are now talking about extending them to six months, they said. The policy discussions, they said, were slowed by an effort to obtain reliable comparative data about civilian casualties from past strikes — and disputes over whether the military’s estimates were accurate. Claims of civilian casualties are often murky from strikes in remote and inaccessible regions. The deliberations have also been complicated by Biden’s decision to end the Afghanistan War by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks this year. The administration intends to maintain an ability to strike at any emerging terrorism threats that may subsequently emanate from there, which will make it subject for the first time to the rules for airstrikes, including by drones, outside conventional war zones. It is not yet clear where in the region assets like drones will be based after the pullout from Afghanistan, which in turn affects how long surveillance craft will be available to hover over potential strike zones to watch who comes and goes before an attack. As a result, the question of whether to tighten the requirement of “near certainty” that no civilians will be killed so that it always protects adult men has become intertwined with other complex and unresolved policy decisions. Targeted killings away from conventional war zones have become a central feature of the sprawling war that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, raising legal and policy questions that remain in flux, even as the threat from al-Qaida and its splintering progeny morphs and evolves as well. Such intermittent combat activity has been driven by the emergence of armed drone technology and the propensity of transnational terrorist groups to operate from poorly governed spaces or failed states where there are few or no U.S. troops on the ground, but also no effective local government with a police force, including the tribal region of Pakistan, rural Yemen and portions of Somalia and Libya. Drone strikes began under the administration of George W. Bush and soared during Barack Obama’s first term — along with political and legal battles over reports of civilian casualties and, in 2011, the government’s deliberate killing of a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial. In May 2013, Obama imposed a set of rules intended to govern such operations and constrain their excessive use. It required a high-level, interagency review of whether a terrorism suspect posed a threat to Americans, as well as “near certainty” that no civilian bystanders would be killed. In October 2017, Trump replaced Obama’s system with a more relaxed and decentralized system. It permitted operators in the field to decide whether to target suspects based on their status as members of a terrorist group, rather than based on their threats as individuals, and so long as conditions laid out in the general operating principles for that area had been met. Many Obama-era national security officials have returned in the Biden administration, raising expectations that Trump’s changes would be at least partly rolled back. Still, some military and intelligence professionals chafed under Obama’s system, saying it was too bureaucratic, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. The Trump administration did not make public that it had developed a new framework for drone strikes in 2017, although the Times reported on its existence and some of its key features at the time. Bossert said he had unsuccessfully pushed then to declassify and make public its key parts. “I suggested relevant parts of the policy be declassified — from the outset,” he said. “My suggestion was not followed. Nevertheless, this debate and our core principles of valuing innocent life, while taking only the most evil, should always be open to the light of day.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times CompanyWASHINGTON — The Biden administration has disclosed a set of rules secretly issued by President Donald Trump in 2017 for counterterrorism “direct action” operations — like drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional war zones — which the White House has suspended as it weighs whether and how to tighten the guidelines. While the Biden administration censored some passages, the visible portions show that in the Trump era, commanders in the field were given latitude to make decisions about attacks so long as they fit within broad sets of “operating principles,” including that there should be “near certainty” that civilians “will not be injured or killed in the course of operations.” At the same time, however, the Trump-era rules were flexible about permitting exceptions to that and other standards, saying that “variations” could be made “where necessary” so long as certain bureaucratic procedures were followed in approving them. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times In October, Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York had ordered the government turn over the 11-page document in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by The New York Times and by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Biden administration inherited that case and sought a delay but has now complied, providing a copy to both plaintiffs late Friday. The Biden administration suspended the Trump-era rules on its first day in office and imposed an interim policy of requiring White House approval for proposed strikes outside of the war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. At the same time, the Biden team began a review of how both Obama- and Trump-era policies had worked — both on paper and in practice — with an eye toward developing its own policy. The review, officials said, discovered that Trump-era principles to govern strikes in certain countries often made an exception to the requirement of “near certainty” that there would be no civilian casualties. While it kept that rule for women and children, it permitted a lower standard of merely “reasonable certainty” when it came to civilian adult men. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, declined to comment on the Trump-era rules. “We’ll let the previous administration speak to their policies,” she said. Brett Max Kaufman, a senior staff lawyer with the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, portrayed the Trump-era rules as having “stripped down even the minimal safeguards President Obama established in his rules for lethal strikes outside recognized conflicts” and called on President Joe Biden to end “secretive and unaccountable use of lethal force.” But Thomas P. Bossert, who helped oversee interagency development of the Trump-era rules in 2017 when he was a top counterterrorism adviser to Trump, said he was proud of them and argued that the policy “should not be dismissed or replaced without careful consideration and an examination of the results it produced.” “I stand by the policies I helped produce,” Bossert said. “They were informed by American values, the principles of the laws of armed conflict, and tailored to combat the real and present threat to America and her allies.” The Biden review and deliberations over a potential new direct-action policy were initially expected to last 60 days, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. But officials are now talking about extending them to six months, they said. The policy discussions, they said, were slowed by an effort to obtain reliable comparative data about civilian casualties from past strikes — and disputes over whether the military’s estimates were accurate. Claims of civilian casualties are often murky from strikes in remote and inaccessible regions. The deliberations have also been complicated by Biden’s decision to end the Afghanistan War by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks this year. The administration intends to maintain an ability to strike at any emerging terrorism threats that may subsequently emanate from there, which will make it subject for the first time to the rules for airstrikes, including by drones, outside conventional war zones. It is not yet clear where in the region assets like drones will be based after the pullout from Afghanistan, which in turn affects how long surveillance craft will be available to hover over potential strike zones to watch who comes and goes before an attack. As a result, the question of whether to tighten the requirement of “near certainty” that no civilians will be killed so that it always protects adult men has become intertwined with other complex and unresolved policy decisions. Targeted killings away from conventional war zones have become a central feature of the sprawling war that began with the Sept. 11 attacks, raising legal and policy questions that remain in flux, even as the threat from al-Qaida and its splintering progeny morphs and evolves as well. Such intermittent combat activity has been driven by the emergence of armed drone technology and the propensity of transnational terrorist groups to operate from poorly governed spaces or failed states where there are few or no U.S. troops on the ground, but also no effective local government with a police force, including the tribal region of Pakistan, rural Yemen and portions of Somalia and Libya. Drone strikes began under the administration of George W. Bush and soared during Barack Obama’s first term — along with political and legal battles over reports of civilian casualties and, in 2011, the government’s deliberate killing of a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism, Anwar al-Awlaki, without a trial. In May 2013, Obama imposed a set of rules intended to govern such operations and constrain their excessive use. It required a high-level, interagency review of whether a terrorism suspect posed a threat to Americans, as well as “near certainty” that no civilian bystanders would be killed. In October 2017, Trump replaced Obama’s system with a more relaxed and decentralized system. It permitted operators in the field to decide whether to target suspects based on their status as members of a terrorist group, rather than based on their threats as individuals, and so long as conditions laid out in the general operating principles for that area had been met. Many Obama-era national security officials have returned in the Biden administration, raising expectations that Trump’s changes would be at least partly rolled back. Still, some military and intelligence professionals chafed under Obama’s system, saying it was too bureaucratic, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. The Trump administration did not make public that it had developed a new framework for drone strikes in 2017, although the Times reported on its existence and some of its key features at the time. Bossert said he had unsuccessfully pushed then to declassify and make public its key parts. “I suggested relevant parts of the policy be declassified — from the outset,” he said. “My suggestion was not followed. Nevertheless, this debate and our core principles of valuing innocent life, while taking only the most evil, should always be open to the light of day.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company

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U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing a wave of criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he has resurrected a plan to raise refugee admissions this year to 62,500 after drawing a wave of criticism from supporters for initially keeping the refugee cap at a historically low level.

Heeding complaints, Biden lifts refugee cap to 62,500 | Reuters

"Not surprising but no less repugnant: Trump stripped down already minimal safeguards from U.S. targeted killings.""Not surprising but no less repugnant: Trump stripped down already minimal safeguards from U.S. targeted killings."

End 'Forever Wars,' Biden Told as White House Releases Document on Trump's Secret Lethal Force Rules | Common Dreams News

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President Joe Biden announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 -- up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump.President Joe Biden announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 -- up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump.

Joe Biden Raises US Refugee Limit To 62,500 After Criticism

Biden's flip on American refugee numbers erases Trump's historically low numberBiden's flip on American refugee numbers erases Trump's historically low number

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President Biden raised the annual US cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 yesterday after facing criticism from his party for initially ruling out an increase from the record low level of 15,000 set byPresident Biden raised the annual US cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 yesterday after facing criticism from his party for initially ruling out an increase from the record low level of 15,000 set by

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President Joe Biden faced a fresh call to fully end "forever wars" after his administration released former President Donald Trump's secret rules regarding the use of lethal strikes outside designated war zones.The Biden administration released the partly-redacted 11-page document, "Principles, Stan...President Joe Biden faced a fresh call to fully end "forever wars" after his administration released former President Donald Trump's secret rules regarding the use of lethal strikes outside designated war zones.The Biden administration released the partly-redacted 11-page document, "Principles, Stan...

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The new ceiling for refugee admissions will be 62,500 — far above former President Donald Trump's cap of 15,000. Advocates had been concerned Biden was not moving fast enough on a campaign promise.The new ceiling for refugee admissions will be 62,500 — far above former President Donald Trump's cap of 15,000. Advocates had been concerned Biden was not moving fast enough on a campaign promise.

Biden Raises Refugee Cap Far Above Trump's Limit : NPR

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President Biden announced an increase in the annual number of refugees allowed in the United States.President Biden announced an increase in the annual number of refugees allowed in the United States.

Biden Set to Deliver on Initial Pledge to Raise Refugee Cap - Rolling Stone

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The new cap is the same as the old cap: 62,500. It’s yet another twist in an extremely rocky policy rollout.

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President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the cap on refugees admitted into the country to 62,500, up from the 15,000 cap.President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the cap on refugees admitted into the country to 62,500, up from the 15,000 cap the administration said would remain in place last month.

Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500 amid progressive outcry

The president reneged on that promise last month. People weren't happy.The president reneged on that promise last month. People weren't happy.

Raising the Refugee Cap Should Be Just the Start of Fixing America’s Inhumane Immigration Policy – Reason.com

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The White House on Monday lifted the refugee cap to 62,500, ending a dizzying policy reversal by sticking with President Biden's original plan to dramatically increase from Trump-era levels the number of refugees who can be admitted intThe White House on Monday lifted the refugee cap to 62,500, ending a dizzying policy reversal by sticking with President Biden's original plan to dramatically increase from Trump-era levels the

White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 | TheHill

The White House on Monday lifted the refugee cap to 62,500, ending a dizzying policy reversal by sticking with President Biden's original plan to dramatically increase from Trump-era levels the number of refugees who can be admitted intThe White House on Monday lifted the refugee cap to 62,500, ending a dizzying policy reversal by sticking with President Biden's original plan to dramatically increase from Trump-era levels the

White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 | TheHill

President Joe Biden said in a statement on Monday that he is increasing the country's refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, up from...President Joe Biden said in a statement on Monday that he is increasing the country's refugee admissions cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, up from...

Biden lifts refugee admissions cap to 62,500 from Trump's 15,000 - MarketWatch

Poneo Wilondja is a refugee from the Congo who has been in Utah for nearly two years. He's still waiting to reunite with his mother and siblings and eventually with his wife and daughter. President Joe Biden's expansion of the refugee program may make that easier to accomplish.Poneo Wilondja is a refugee from the Congo who has been in Utah for nearly two years. He's still waiting to reunite with his mother and siblings and eventually with his wife and daughter. President Joe Biden's expansion of the refugee program may make that easier to accomplish.

Biden will accept more refugees and this Utah man may be able to reunite with his mom, wife and baby girl

President had decided to keep Donald Trump's immigration limits before facing fury from his party President had decided to keep Donald Trump's immigration limits before facing fury from his party

Joe Biden raises US cap on refugees after backlash from Democrats

Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500 after facing criticism for keeping Trump-era levels in placeThe announcement comes after Democrats slammed the move last month, with the White House saying then it would announce a new cap by May 15.

Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500 after facing criticism for keeping Trump-era levels in place

After first deciding to leave the nation's cap on refugees allowed into the US where it was, President Biden announced Monday that as many as 62,500 can enter the country...Because of Trump cutbacks, government won't fill all spots this year

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The announcement comes after weeks of backlash.The announcement comes after weeks of backlash.

The Pushback Worked. Biden Will Raise the Refugee Cap to What He Originally Promised. – Mother Jones

President Joe Biden is formally raising the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year.President Joe Biden is formally raising the nation’s cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year.

Biden raises refugee admissions to 62,5000 after facing backlash

“We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years,” Biden said in a statement. “It will take some time, but that work is already underway.”“We are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years,” Biden said in a statement. “It will take some time, but that work is already underway.”

Biden Raises Cap on Refugee Admissions After Outrage

The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.

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President faced intense criticism after initially shying away from raising refugee numbers, a key campaign promisePresident faced intense criticism after initially shying away from raising refugee numbers, a key campaign promise

Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500 after blowback, still well short of historic highs | The Independent

President Joe Biden said he is raising the annual U.S. refugee cap to 62,500 entrants for this year, from the cap of 15,000 set under the Trump administration.President Joe Biden said he is raising the annual U.S. refugee cap to 62,500 entrants for this year, from the cap of 15,000 set under the Trump administration.

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President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the refugee ceiling significantly for this fiscal year, to a total of 62,500 refugees. The administration previously said that the President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the refugee ceiling significantly for this fiscal year, to a total of 62,500 refugees. The administration previously said that the

Biden Caves to Pressure, Raises Refugee Cap by Reagan McCarthy

President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the refugee ceiling significantly for this fiscal year, to a total of 62,500 refugees. The administration previously said that the President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he is raising the refugee ceiling significantly for this fiscal year, to a total of 62,500 refugees. The administration previously said that the

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'I stand by the policies I helped produce,' a top counter-terror adviser to the former president said. 

Biden administration releases details of Trump-era counter-terrorism rules, now suspended

'I stand by the policies I helped produce,' a top counter-terror adviser to the former president said. 

Biden administration releases details of Trump-era counter-terrorism rules, now suspended