Originally Published in CNN
Lauren Fox and Ali Zaslav - March 24, 2021
The concern comes as the White House is dealing with an influx of migrants on the southern border
and as Republicans are attacking Biden on his handling of the issue.
The Biden administration announced back in February
it would raise the ceiling on the number of refugees coming into the United States from 15,000, a low during the Trump administration, to 62,500. They also announced they would change who would be eligible to come. But, the formal paperwork, which must be signed by the President, has gone unsigned.
"I wish (Biden) would do it. Obviously, we need to establish as much normality as we can at the border and -- to have a normal process is the better way to go," Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, told CNN. "I know we've communicated with the White House as recently as yesterday, so I know they know our concern."
Cardin said that he did not know, but was guessing that the issue on the Southern border was taking precedent even though the border issues are separate from the country's refugee program.
"I think they are recognizing that they have the immediate concern on how to deal with children," Cardin said. "They are not happy they have the remnants of the Trump policies."
CNN reported earlier this month
that the lack of a signature had resulted in hundreds of refugees being taken off of flights on which they had been booked because the paperwork had not been completed.
"He has not signed them yet, and I do not know why he has not yet signed those documents," Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, told CNN. "I will be asking the administration."