WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Muslim Advocates urged the White House to raise the cap on refugee admissions following the announcement that it would remain at 15,000 this year, which is the same historically low number set by the Trump Administration. The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates Special Counsel for Anti-Muslim Bigotry Madihha Ahussain:
“Time and again, President Biden has shared his commitment to reversing the bigoted, anti-Muslim policies of the Trump Administration. Specifically, he made a commitment during the campaign to restore refugee admissions, but today he fell short.
The Trump Administration weaponized immigration policies to drive anti-Muslim sentiment across the country. Trump enacted a Muslim Ban and dropped refugee admissions to their lowest levels in history. We cannot allow these discriminatory policies that have left a stain on our country to stay in place.
While today’s announcement will lift restrictions on resettlement for some Muslims, such as those from Syria, who were vilified by the last administration, that is simply not enough.
We applaud the promises made by this administration for a more humane and pluralist immigration policy. We urge him to stay true to those promises.
Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.