John Oliver trashed President Joe Biden for what he said is failing to make good on his campaign promises surrounding immigration and the United States Refugee Admissions Program.
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During Sunday night’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver tore into Biden over his administration’s failure to address the nation’s ongoing refugee crisis.
“The U.S. used to be a world leader in how many refugees we accepted, but this f***ing guy [points to Trump chyron] not only slashed the admissions cap down to a historic annual low of 15,000, he also added discriminatory eligibility categories that have blocked many Muslim and African refugees from coming to the U.S. And to his credit, Biden ran on a platform that included reversing Trump’s policies.”
He continued, “In early February, Biden announced that he’d raise the ceiling on admissions to over 62,000, eliminate Trump’s restrictions, and raise the cap even higher next year, which sounds great. Unfortunately, that was two months ago and he still hasn’t signed the presidential determination that revises Trump’s rules. And it has been hard to get a straight answer from this administration about why.”
He also pointed out that there are nearly 115,000 refugees in various stages of resettlement, and over 35,000 more have been approved for resettlement.
As Biden has yet to sign the presidential determination, those refugees are “still beholden to Trump’s low admission ceiling and bulls*** racist rules.”
Oliver noted that if refugees’ resettlement approvals begin to expire, they are forced to begin the process from the start once more.
“Remember,” Oliver warned, “these are vulnerable people who may have surrendered their belongings or homes in anticipation of leaving the country or who are having to wait in camps.”
Mocking the president for his “patriotic word salad” speeches, Oliver argued that Biden needs to just buck up and pull the trigger.
“For Biden, this is actually really simple,” the HBO host said. “He doesn’t need to negotiate with Senate Republicans on this or reckon with Joe Manchin’s boner for the filibuster. He just needs to sign a piece of paper. And for a guy who clearly wanted to be the person who restored the soul of America, it is past time to for him to look deep into his own, pick up a f***ing pen, and do the right thing.”