WASHINGTON (RNS) — President Joe Biden’s administration has reversed a decision to keep in place a historically low cap on refugee admissions left by Donald Trump, saying it will raise the ceiling next month after faith-based groups initially decried the move as an “abandonment of our ideals.”

Biden signed a memorandum Friday (April 16) aimed at speeding up refugee admissions this year — but it does not increase the so-called refugee ceiling, something the president had pledged to do when speaking to religious audiences.

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Although the memorandum leaves open the possibility of raising that number should the United States resettle the maximum 15,000 refugees, news that the ceiling will at

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