Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, said evangelical Christians' commitment to refugees "is rooted in the biblical belief that each of these individuals is a person made in the image of God with inherent dignity, whose lives are worth protecting".
After Democrats blasted the announcement with unusually fierce criticism of a president from their own party, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statementBiden's decision "has been the subject of some confusion".
Fisher followed-up on the question Psaki brushed past about the criticism from Democrats. However, she did not say what the new limit would be.
Biden had initially allocated 7,000 for refugees from Africa, 1,000 from East Asia, 1,500 from Europe and Central Asia, 3,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean and 1,500 from the Middle East and South Asia.
And once you meet that definition, you're referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The remaining 1,000 slots are to be used as required.
During the campaign, Biden vowed to raise the refugee cap to 125,000.
"The global need for resettlement has never been greater", Hetfield said.
She said the president was urged by advisers to "take immediate action to reverse the Trump policy that banned refugees from many key regions, to enable flights from those regions to begin within days; today's order did that". The White House also blamed Trump for decimating the resettlement program in the USA, while the senior administration official cited the COVID-19 pandemic without elaborating.
That answer mirrors a similar logic at play across the Biden administration's immigration policies, where deportations have continued unabated since Trump left office in January, but now under the pretext of protecting public health.
"It is a factor", Psaki said, adding that the Office of Refugee Resettlement "does management and has personnel working on both issues and so we have to ensure that there is capacity and ability to manage both".
Last November, in a video message to the Jesuit Refugee Service in honor of the organization's 40th anniversary, Biden, who was the presumptive president-elect at the time, spoke of his plans to raise the refugee resettlement ceiling to the highest numbers ever.
If anything, keeping a historically low refugee admissions cap in place could exacerbate the situation at the border, according to Dr. Austin Kocher, a research professor at Syracuse University, who said the decision could "prompt still more refugees to attempt to come through the asylum system, placing an even heavier burden on the USA immigration court system".