In a little-noticed announcement, the former vice president committed himself to a much more ambitious refugee policy than existed under Obama.
SLATE Despite the disappointment of the Supreme Court’s ruling on DACA earlier this month, the vast majority of Donald Trump’s years long campaign to close the borders to illegal aliens, fake asylum-seekers and Muslim refugee-wannabes, as well as guest workers has proven almost unerringly successful.
Last week’s executive order limiting immigration to the United States through the end of 2020, plus the Supreme Court’s ruling on expedited deportations, plus the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals authorization of the administration’s expansion of “expedited removal” to people nationwide are all part of a massive, largely successful effort to keep certain types of people out, and the doors locked, in ways that transcend daily news headlines.
Last Sunday, on World Refugee Day, Joe Biden laid out how he would reverse Trump’s assault by committing to several essential immigration actions: Having pledged that if he is elected he will restore “America’s historic role as leader in resettlement and defending the rights of refugees everywhere,” Biden had set specific targets that will increase refugee resettlement in the United States.
His plan would aim to admit 125,000 refugees to the U.S. (that’s up from a ceiling of 18,000 under Trump, and more than Obama admitted). In his announcement last week, he added a new pledge: to work with Congress to establish a minimum admissions number of at least 95,000 refugees annually, (most of them Muslim, no doubt). In addition to those actions, Biden has promised to:
pursue policies that increase opportunities for faith and local communities to sponsor refugee resettlement. I will make more channels, such as higher education visas, available to those seeking safety. I will repeal the Muslim ban—and other discriminatory bans based on ethnicity and nationality—and restore asylum laws, including ending the horrific practice of separating families at our border. I will stand against China’s mass detention and repression of Uighur Muslim radicals and terrorists and support a pathway for those persecuted to find safe haven in the United States and other nations.
And that’s not all:
The proposal mirrors the plan set forth in the Refugee Protection Act of 2019, now pending a vote in the House of Representatives. It signals that Biden isn’t just running against Trump’s anti-Muslim, anti-refugee, anti-immigrant dog whistles, but is also committing energy and, more importantly, resources to fulfilling the United States’ reputation as a nation that welcomes those in need of free stuff and welfare benefits, and also to making the U.S. government a central player in solving a global refugee crisis that has only grown more exigent as a result of COVID-19.
It signals that Biden understands that solving the refugee crisis is both a hefty administrative lift and a moral and democratic imperative. Also notable is that Biden isn’t seeking to simply return to Obama-era policies, but is going further, faster, in a tacit statement that Barack Obama’s immigration legacy was not, in fact, anything to celebrate.
In other words, after one term of a Biden presidency, the U.S. will have all the problems, crime, rape, and welfare dependency that mass Muslim immigration has dumped on Europe.