As Joe Biden is inaugurated as 46th President of the United States, the IRC applauds the measures he enacted to restore American leadership after four years of US retreat from the global stage. The IRC applauds President Joe Biden’s ‘Day 1’ measures, including:

David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee said: 

“The IRC applauds the important actions taken by the Biden Administration on the first day of office, and looks forward to working with him and his team to renew the US as the world’s most inclusive, welcoming society and a place of refuge for those fleeing violence and persecution. The President has made clear that America will not turn its back on vulnerable populations - and America as well as the world is better for this commitment.

“These measures lay the foundation for urgent action to address the accumulated backlog of individuals marginalized by Trump-era policies within both the asylum system and the refugee resettlement program.  We look forward to an increase in the number of refugees allowed into America, in line with the commitment to a nearly ten-fold increase from the last year of President Trump, alongside policies for diplomacy and development that tackle the refugee crisis at source.”