The increase is certain to run into opposition from those worried about potential national security implications. But refugee advocates criticize the ramping up as too modest in the face of global need.
New regulations which release some of the restrictions on business travel and investment have been defended as advancing both American and Cuban interests in the region, but some restrictions still remain.
President Obama picked up enough Senate votes to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal will go through, as new poll signals that the more time people have to weigh the pluses and minuses, the more public support rises.
The change in tone from the White House appears to have made a difference. On Friday, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, one of numerous Democrats who have been expressing doubts about the Iran nuclear deal, announced his support for the accord.