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Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport after being evacuated from Kabul. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Biden administration will raise the refugee admissions cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year beginning in October, the State Department confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes as the U.S. contends with resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees stateside, and as the world faces "unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs," the department wrote.

  • The new commitment is in line with Biden's 2020 campaign promises.
  • Earlier this year, Biden raised the cap to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, following harsh criticism of an initial decision to keep admissions numbers low.

The big picture: A State Department report out Monday breaks down the new figures. The new caps are expected to be:

  • 40,000 refugees from Africa
  • 35,000 from the Near East and South Asia
  • 15,000 from East Asia
  • 15,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 10,000 from Europe and Central Asia
  • 10,000 slots for an unallocated reserve to be used if needed in any region.

What they're saying: "A robust refugee admissions program is critical to U.S. foreign policy interests and national security objectives, and is a reflection of core American values," the statement says.

  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) lauded the announcement, tweeting, "I applaud the Biden Administration for setting a target of 125,000 refugee admissions in the next fiscal year—a target my colleagues and I have been advocating for since April."

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Amherst College announced on Wednesday that it will no longer give admissions preferences to the children of alumni, saying that ending the practice will create "greater opportunity for more applicants."

Why it matters: Favoring children of alumni or "legacy students" is common practice in many college admissions offices. But the practice has come under fire in recent years for reinforcing inequities and tending to benefit the wealthy and well-connected.

Pentagon: About half of Afghan evacuees at U.S. bases are children

U.S. Navy soldiers helping evacuate Afghans. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

Roughly half of the Afghan refugees housed temporarily at U.S. military bases are children under the age of 18, according to a letter from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Sen. James Inhofe obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: This is among the many challenges when it comes to the government's Afghan resettlement effort.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) and Sen. Joe Manchin (R) at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.