The State Department of President Joe Biden is creating a “Welcome Corps” program, asking Americans and green card holders to help relocate refugees around the country.
Last year, the Biden administration announced a significant increase in the number of refugees it would attempt to resettle in American towns. Though the limit is only a numerical restriction and not a target to be met, senior authorities have stated that they hope to relocate around 125,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2023.
Biden’s refugee cap is eight times that of previous President Trump’s limit of 15,000 refugees.
The State Department has created the “Welcome Corps” program, which essentially permits Americans and green card holders to sponsor refugees for resettlement in the United States as part of the administration’s objective of significantly increasing refugee resettlement.
The State Department wants at least 10,000 Americans to help relocate around 5,000 refugees under the program this year alone.
By the summer, State Department officials plan to convert refugee resettlement into a some kind of chain migration initiative in which Americans and green card holders can sponsor refugees who want to come to the United States.
The process through which newly naturalized Americans can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the United States on green cards is known as chain migration. More than 7 in 10 legal immigrants entering in the United States now do so only to visit family who already reside in the country.
Designation as a refugee is a prized privilege, allowing individuals admitted to modify their immigration status to get green cards and, eventually, naturalized American citizenship, allowing them to sponsor more foreign relatives for green cards.
Almost one million refugees have been resettled in the country during the last 20 years. This is more than double the population of Miami, Florida, and is the equivalent to adding the population of Pensacola, Florida, to the country every year.
According to studies, refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers almost $9 billion every five years, and each refugee costs taxpayers around $133,000 over the course of their lifetime. Within five years, an estimated 16% of all refugees admitted will require taxpayer-funded housing help.