Update, May 4 at 7:27 a.m.

President Biden has finally found the spine to stand up to the Republican lies about the supposed "Border Crisis" and has raised the annual refugee cap (which has nothing to do with the Mexican border anyway) up from Trump's figure of 15,000, the lowest in many decades, to 62,000 per year. Biden should double this figure to 125,000 in order to preserve America's historical mission as a beacon of hope and justice to the world's oppressed.

For more on the racism and fascist threat to democracy implicit in the use of the "Border Crisis" Big Lie by leading Republican politicians. see my upcoming comment on this topic.

My original comment follows:

Of all the many actions that Donald Trump and Stephen Miller took to try to close off America to legal immigration by nonwhite people, none was more reprehensible, more contrary to American values, than Trump's vicious attacks on refugees and his reducing the annual refugee admissions cap to the lowest level in many decades. (Miller had wanted to set the cap at zero.)

As one example of Trump's racist attacks on refugees, he gave a 2020 campaign speech in Duluth, Minnesota accusing Joe Biden of planning to "inundate your state with a historic flood of refugees" and to "turn Minnesota into a refugee camp".

Then, just so there would be no doubt about the racist purpose of attacking refugees. Trump continued to address his almost entirely white audience as follows:

"You have good genes, you know that, right? You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn't it, don't you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we're so different?You have good genes in Minnesota."


This is why it is disheartening and deplorable to see that President Joe Biden, who promised to undo Trump's racist anti-immigrant legacy from Day One upon taking office, is now hesitating at raising the cap after initially promising a big increase (from 15,000 to 125,000 per year).

What is holding President Biden back from fulfilling his promise? Why is he perpetuating Trump's racist anti-immigrant legacy? No one takes the White House excuse that there are not enough agency staff people in place to handle a refugee increase seriously.

The real reason, as a Vox article suggests, is most likely that President Biden has let himself be intimidated by Republican attempts to stir up hysteria over a concocted "Crisis" caused by increased immigration at the Mexican border, after Trump's openly racist, inhumanly cruel "Remain in Mexico" policy to block legitimate asylum seekers from coming to the US was cancelled by the new administration.

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It is to be hoped that President Biden, who moved relatively swiftly to cancel Trump's Muslim ban order and new Public Charge rule, among other other rollbacks of Trump's white supremacist immigration agenda, will recover his spine instead of timidly allowing Trump's legacy of bigotry against refugees to continue.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law