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10 things you need to know today: May 4, 2021

Published May 04 2021 at 10:34 AM GMT
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  • President Biden said in a statement Monday that he was raising the annual cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 from the record low of 15,000 set by his predecessor, former President Donald Trump.
  • Less than a month ago, Biden signed an executive order saying the cap would be kept at the Trump-era level, sparking a backlash from refugee advocates and progressive Democrats.
  • "It is important to take this action today to remove any lingering doubt in the minds of refugees around the world who have suffered so much, and who are anxiously waiting for their new lives to begin," Biden said.
  • The change came as Biden faces intensifying pressure to confront a surge of would-be refugees trying to cross the U S-eico border.
  • Experts now believe the United States may not reach herd immunity to COVID-19, although the virus can be controlled to the point where it is a manageable threat, The New York Times reported Monday.



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  • Published May 4, 2021 10:34 AM GMT