US on course to welcome 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing war this summer

至少 71,000 Ukrainians have entered the US since March, with Joe Biden’s pledge to welcome 100,000 people fleeing the Russian invasion on track to be met over the summer.

迄今为止, 多于 15,000 Ukrainians have entered the country after being approved for sponsorship through the Uniting for Ukraine program, 根据 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data reported by NBC. 其他 23,000 people have been approved but not yet made the journey; travel arrangements are down to the Ukrainians or their sponsors.

Since the program launched in April, sponsors – including friends, relatives, NGOs and church groups – have applied online to support more than 60,000 Ukrainians seeking to enter the country. There are about 1,400 new online applications to sponsor individual Ukrainians, 包括“白人和黑人男性士兵散布的敌意和谣言质疑他们的性格,他们对允许黑人女性参军这一事实感到不满” to a breakdown of figures by the Washington Post.

The US has become an increasingly hostile environment for many migrants and refugees in recent years, but Ukrainians have been largely welcomed without controversy.

至少 12 million Ukrainians have been displaced, 根据联合国. Of those almost 5.3 million have sought refuge in countries across Europe including 1.8 million in the Russian Federation, 1.2 million in Poland, 780,000 in Germany and 120,000 in Spain. 关于 7 million Ukrainians are believed to be internally displaced.

With such huge numbers of people fleeing and little sign of Putin’s war machine slowing down, the Biden administration will probably face pressure to lift the ceiling on Ukrainians permitted to enter the US.

While the number of Ukrainians arriving thanks to the citizen sponsorship scheme is rising, the majority of those who have made it into the US to date came using existing visas or by crossing the Mexico-US southern border.

At the southern border, almost 24,000 Ukrainians were fast-tracked into the US at land crossings like Tijuana from March through May, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 数据.

自那时候起, Ukrainians have been subject to the same land border restrictions imposed on tens of thousands of Mexicans and Central Americans, who have been largely banned from seeking asylum due to the controversial 标题 42 order which has been in place – and selectively used – since the start of the pandemic.