California set to take in more than 5,000 Afghan refugees after refugee cap increases

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The Biden Administration is looking to bring in an estimated 95,000 Afghan refugees to America.


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President Biden has recently increased the refugee cap to 125,000 for FY 2022, at the same time introducing an estimated 95,000 Afghan refugees outside of that cap. Under the Trump Administration, the yearly cap was reduced to 15,000, showing a complete pendulum swing between administrations.

The Biden Administration tried to justify their actions of allowing 95,000 former Taliban employees by stating, “Some used their positions in humanitarian capacities to mitigate the repressive actions of the Taliban regime, often at great personal risk.” 

Across the country, states are preparing supplies and translators for the anticipated first wave of 37,000 Afghan refugees in the United States. Some states are looking to bring in most refugees; California is planning to welcome the most refugees at more than 5,200 people, while Alabama and Mississippi will only take 10.

The Republicans on the House Oversight Committee expressed concerns for the increased flow of refugees, stating, “The DHS Office of Inspector General needs to investigate such vetting processes given the number of refugees.” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorka repeatedly defended the Biden Administrations’ “multi-layered” vetting and screening processes.

The OIG was not able to confirm or deny if an investigation was underway. We only speculate on how extensive such processes are and how many refugees we will see going to specifically “blue” states. 

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