Biden Administration Breaks Promise and Keeps Refugee Admissions Cap at Lowest in Years

April 16, 2021
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186 | [email protected]
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 | [email protected] 


The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and


CHICAGO –– Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced that it will maintain the refugee admissions ceiling of 15,000 set by the prior administration, breaking its promise to increase the cap this fiscal year. This cowardly decision is a major disappointment that leaves thousands of individuals and families who have been desperately waiting to begin to rebuild their lives in a safe place and to be reunited with their families for years, indefinitely stranded. 


“The U.S. refugee resettlement program was a signature program, reflective of our nation’s values of generosity and compassion. The U.S. government has the capacity and personnel to process unaccompanied immigrant children and increase refugee resettlement simultaneously. It is unacceptable to use the plight of families and unaccompanied children as a justification for not increasing the refugee resettlement cap. It is regrettable to see the most powerful nation on earth do wrong to families seeking safe haven at our southern border, while at the same time turn its back on refugees desperately waiting for safety and stability,” said Oscar Chacón, executive director of Alianza Americas.


“As we’ve urged since Inauguration Day, the Biden-Harris administration needs to change policies as well as the narrative — by recognizing and elevating the tremendous contributions of migrants and refugees. The decision to keep families separated and left in peril is an abominable mistake. We expect our leaders to act in ways that prioritize care, human rights, and dignity. By aligning themselves with the cruel policies of the previous president that prevented family reunification, President Biden and his administration are failing to live up to the best traditions of the American people,” said Matt Nelson, executive director of


“We call on the U.S. to reconsider this decision and return to our core values of welcoming by increasing the cap on the refugee resettlement program and overturning Title 42 so asylum seekers may find refuge at our Southern border. The Biden administration assumed office promising to overturn xenophobic, anti-immigrant, and white supremacist policies. The refugee program is an integral element of the expected changes,” added Chacón.





Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America. is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.

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