Human rights organizations welcomed President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s executive order Thursday significantly raising the cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country.\u0022It\u0026#039;s going to take time to rebuild what has been so badly damaged, but that\u0026#039;s precisely what we\u0026#039;re going to do,\u0022 Biden said Thursday.\u0022How quickly and how comprehensively we are able to welcome our new neighbors will decide just how bright our future can be.\u0022—Bob Goodfellow, Amnesty International USAFormer President Donald Trump—whose administration was marked by xenophobic policies—set the ceiling for refugee admissions at a record low 15,000, a move that elicited fierce criticism from rights groups.Biden announced his intention to raise the cap to 125,000, called for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to \u0022be rebuilt and expanded,\u0022 revoked Trump\u0026#039;s orders blocking refugee resettlement, and directed federal agencies to look into climate-related impacts on refugees and displacement.According to Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel for the ACLU, the order reflects \u0022a marked and promising shift from the Trump administration\u0026#039;s callous disregard for human life and hatred for refugees—most of whom are Black and Brown immigrants, including Muslims.\u0022\u0022However,\u0022 Waheed added, \u0022we know that for this announcement to be fully realized, there is a lot of work to do.\u0022After being \u0022decimated\u0022 by the previous administration, she said, the nation\u0026#039;s refugee system \u0022must be rebuilt fairly, effectively, and efficiently to fulfill its legal and moral responsibilities\u0026nbsp;so people can seek safety in the United States per our immigration laws.\u0022Refugees International president Eric Schwartz also welcomed the order, saying it \u0022recognizes the importance of a program that saves lives, unites families, and contributes so much to American life.\u0022The Trump term was \u0022slashing... refugee resettlement numbers in the United States even as global refugee numbers continued to climb,\u0022 said Schwartz. He expressed hope Biden\u0026#039;s announcement would be the first of \u0022many contributions to rebuilding the refugee resettlement infrastructure in the United States and restoring the leadership of the United States in support and protection for refugees.”Today is a good day.For years I fought to make sure more refugees are given an opportunity at a new and promising life and today I feel hopeful.Even in the most challenging days, I learned in that refugee camp, not to lose hope and I can’t wait to welcome these new refugees. https://t.co/J7V2SO2QZ7— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 5, 2021Bob Goodfellow, interim executive director of Amnesty International USA, looked ahead at broader changes still needed to strengthen refugee protections.\u0022The question today before a new administration and a reorganized Congress... is about the lives, well-being, and human rights of people around the world and about our shared future together. How quickly and how comprehensively we are able to welcome our new neighbors will decide just how bright our future can be,\u0022 said Goodfellow.He also called on the U.S. government to \u0022invest in our shared future including [through] humanitarian programs, family reunification, a private sponsorship model, and expanded community involvement in resettlement through robust promotion of other community sponsorship programs.\u0022\u0022The United States must take the first step forward together,\u0022 he continued, \u0022though acceptance of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees referrals, request additional funds from Congress to allow for increased refugee admissions, and provide financial support to international organizations working to address refugees\u0026#039; needs and rights.\u0022U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, for his part, put the impact of Biden\u0026#039;s order in clear terms.\u0022The action today by President Biden will save lives,\u0022 he said in a statement Thursday. \u0022It\u0026#039;s that simple.\u0022The Thursday order follows a number of other immigration-related actions the Biden administration has taken in its first month, including creating a task force to help reunify families separated under Trump\u0026#039;s \u0022zero tolerance\u0022 policy and recission of the Muslim ban.