Joe Biden didn’t want to do this.
He caved to the pressure of “journalists” and progressive activists in spite of his own better judgment. Predictably, refugee resettlement is an issue that cuts against the Biden coalition with moderates, Independents, some Democrats and suburbanites. The same is true of immigration policy where all the polls consistently show that it has become the biggest winning issue for Republicans.
Note: The true numbers here are likely even starker.