Monday, May 23, 2022

20,000 Ukrainians Reached US Southern Border in April After Fleeing War; 20,000 Ukrainians Jumped U.S. Border in April

20,000 Ukrainians reached US southern border in April after fleeing war:
More than 20,000 Ukrainian refugees who fled after Russia's invasion reached the United States's southern border in April, an indication of the extreme measures many have taken to escape.
Across the U.S.-Mexico border, a total of 32,288 noncitizens sought admission at the ports of entry in April but lacked documents to enter. Of that number, exactly 20,059 were from Ukraine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University in New York. Nearly all of the Ukrainians were allowed to enter the U.S. following the Department of Homeland Security's instruction that border officials make an exception for this specific population.
Ukrainians have been showing up at the southern border because many lack visas necessary to enter the U.S., and no refugee process is in place to accommodate large numbers of people coming in by plane. Mexico, though, does allow Ukrainians to enter relatively easily, leading many fleeing war and hardship to try to fly to Mexico and then show up at the U.S. border in hopes of submitting asylum claims. Most are allowed to enter the U.S. while their claims are processed and have a good chance of being allowed to stay.
Nearly all of them are flying to Tijuana, Mexico, which has a major airport, and then traveling just a few miles to San Diego. --->READ MORE HERE
AP Photo/Gregory Bull
20,000 Ukrainians jumped U.S. border in April:
More than 20,000 Ukrainians stormed the U.S.-Mexico border last month, showing up at border crossings and asking to be let in under a new leniency policy from the Biden administration.
Some 1,500 others snuck across the border between ports of entry and were apprehended by Border Patrol agents, according to new Homeland Security statistics released Tuesday.
The Ukrainians were part of a record surge of non-traditional migrants who reached the border in April, exposing new challenges for the Biden administration.
Customs and Border Protection counted 108,555 migrants at the southern boundary who came from beyond Mexico or the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. That’s out of about 234,000 migrants total.
Without the Ukrainians, April’s border numbers actually would have shown a slight improvement compared with March. But including the Ukrainians, April was the worst month on record, according to border experts. --->READ MORE HERE
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