Arizona Received Less Than 5% Of Recent Refugees To U.S.

Published: Friday, April 16, 2021 - 6:12pm
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Arizona has been a top welcomer of people forced by violence or persecution to flee their country. But so far this year, less than 5% of the historically low number of refugees arriving in the United States have come here.

President Joe Biden on Friday made more space for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central America. He also lifted restrictions against people from Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

But he didn’t raise the overall ceiling for refugee resettlements this year, as promised.

Pushback was swift. Then the White House changed course and said it will raise the cap next month.

“When these delays happen, when the numbers are lowered, when they are kept lower longer than they need to be. That has a real human cost,” said Stanford Prescott, community engagement coordinator for the International Rescue Committee in Arizona.

Prescott called on Biden to keep promises that would let the U.S. take in nearly 200,000 refugees over roughly 16 months.

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