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Biden announces program to help Ukrainian refugees enter the U.S.


On Thursday, April 21st 2022, Joe Biden, President of the United States, makes remarks about the Russian invasion in Ukraine in Roosevelt Room, White House.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe BidenA new U.S. program was announced Thursday to speed up the asylum process of Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion.

If they are able to financially support the refugees of Ukraine, individuals and non-profits will be able to sponsor them through “Unite for Ukrainian”

Biden, speaking at the White House on Thursday, said that “This program” will be swift, efficient, and ensure that the United States keeps its promises to Ukrainens and does not require them to travel through the US southern border.

Biden revealed the new Refugee Sponsorship Program as part of a wider array of aid for Ukrainians facing a Russian attack. He also announced $1.3 billion in new military hardware and direct government aid.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, “Uniting for Ukraine” will revolve around a portal where U.S.-based groups and individuals can submit documents and become sponsors. It will become live Monday.

Ukrainians are required to have resided in Ukraine for at least one year prior to being eligible for the expedited application. Prior to being allowed into the country, they will need to be vaccinated and undergo biometric screening.

Biden had pledged in March that the United States would take as many as 100,000 Ukraine refugees into its country. However, there has not been any specific instruction on how to enter.

There was no official route for entry so thousands flew from Ukraine to Mexico, arriving at U.S. Borders in person.

On April 8, 2022, Ukrainian asylum seekers walked towards the United States from the Mexican border of El Chaparral Crossing port at Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico.

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Ukrainians are exempt from Title 42. It is a pandemic-era rule that allows Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deport asylum seekers and not let them enter the United States for hearings.

CBP claimed that the agency had taken CBP into custody more than 5,000More than 4000 migrants came from Ukraine to March. This is more than the 1,150 Ukrainians detained in February. The majority of detained people were eventually allowed entry to the country.

The “Uniting to Ukraine” portal will launch Monday. Ukrainians that present themselves at the border on Monday will be told to visit the website. According to the DHS factsheet.

These abrupt changes in U.S. policy, which allow for the admission of Ukrainians and turn them away from those already there, may leave many Ukrainians stranded at or close to the U.S.–Mexico frontier.

According to the United Nations, more than 5,000,000 people fled Ukraine after the outbreak of war. The vast majority were women and children.