UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — The Biden Administration announced that they are raising the refugee CAP to 62,500 for this fiscal year. Previously under the Trump Administration it was 15,000.
Because the refugee process is a years long process, it is unlikely they will reach that new cap. here in Utica at The Center, a refugee resettlement location had a goal to resettle 100 refugees this fiscal year and they are only at nine. However, they are planning for the next fiscal year which will start October 1st. They’re planning on resettling 300 refugees. Under the trump administration over the past 4 years, their resettlement department shrank, so this summer they are working to reverse that.
“We’re going to be hiring some case workers and housing coordinator and preparing to once again do refugee resettlement the way that we should be doing it. So, I’m excited for the coming year and I’m hopeful that we do see more arrivals in the months leading up to October that we do get closer to our 100 arrival for this year.” – Shelly Callahan, Executive Director, The Center