Leading up to the backtrack, White House press secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly resisted providing a firm date on when Biden would follow through on his promise to increase the refugee admissions cap.
“I can assure anyone who has concerns that the president remains committed to this issue. He is somebody who believes that refugees, that immigrants are the heart and soul of our country, and they have been for decades,” Psaki told reporters Thursday.
“And it certainly is an issue he remains committed to,” the White House official continued. “I don’t have an update on the timeline of the signing.”
Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only progressive lawmaker denouncing Biden’s decision. Rep. Ilhan Omar condemned the move, calling it “shameful.”