Joe Biden has quadrupled the US refugee ceiling after facing a bipartisan backlash for delaying raising the low number set by the Trump administration.
The president formally confirmed the decision to raise the bar from 15,000 to 62,500 refugee admissions per year, three months after submitting a proposal to Congress on the issue.
“It is important to take this step today to remove any lingering doubts in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much and who are eagerly awaiting the start of their new lives,” Biden said.
He added that the limit introduced by his predecessor “does not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.”
Elsewhere, Facebook’s independent supervisory board will determine on Wednesday whether it will maintain Donald Trump’s suspension from its platforms.
The ban came after the then president was seen to tolerate rioters who stormed the Capitol building in early January.