WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement regarding the revised ceiling of 62,500 for refugee admissions announced by the White House today. 

Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel for the ACLU, said: 

“We are pleased to see President Biden has abandoned the Trump administration’s abysmal refugee goal and recommitted to prioritizing helping people who are fleeing persecution around the globe. We recognize that the goal may not be easy and it requires rebuilding a system that was decimated by the Trump administration, but candidate Biden promised to rebuild this system and the reputation of America as a leader in helping refugees. He must fulfill that promise, lives are at stake.” 

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