Nadler & Lofgren Praise President Biden's Actions to Strengthen Refugee Program

February 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) sent a letter to President Biden detailing recommendations for rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Today, President Biden signed an executive order to restore and strengthen the refugee program and announced his intent to increase the refugee admissions goal to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, which reflect the recommendations made by the Chairs.

Chairs Nadler and Lofgren issued the following joint statement applauding President Biden’s actions:

“The Trump Administration reduced refugee admissions to historic lows and decimated the refugee program. We are greatly encouraged to see that the Biden Administration is aligned with our recommendations and that they are beginning the process of rebuilding this historically bipartisan program and returning the United States to its leadership position on the world stage. As multiple crises continue to unfold around the world, we urge the President to immediately start the process to increase the refugee admissions goal for this fiscal year.”

Full text of Chair Nadler and Lofgren's letter to President Biden can be found here.