Internal security approves 6,000 visas for Ukrainians to come to the United States from Europe after closing the route through Tijuana
- Visas are approved after Ukrainians fleeing the war apply through an Internet portal known as “One for Ukraine”.
- The Internet portal was launched on April 25, and the United States stopped accepting migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Some have criticized the program for its lengthy documentation and the fact that it requires reliable Internet access to complete it.
- Ukrainian refugees participating in the program began arriving on Friday, a statement from DHS said.
The Department of Homeland Security has approved nearly 6,000 visas for Ukrainians, allowing them to fly to U.S. airports and then stay with the family of the U.S. sponsor, the agency said.
Visas are approved after Ukrainians fleeing the war apply through an Internet portal known as Uniting for Ukrainelaunched on April 25 as part of President Biden’s promise to allow 100,000 Ukrainians to relocate to the United States
But the launch of the Internet portal is with the closure of the port of entry into Tijuana for Ukrainians. Many followed the dangerous and illegal path of the first trip Mexico on tourist visas, then settled into a campsite and waited until a border patrol transported them from Tijuana to California. But on April 25, border guards began to reject Ukrainians who tried to enter this way, having previously missed about 20,000 on the southern border.
Unification in favor of Ukraine is now the only way for refugees fleeing Russian aggression to apply for humanitarian parole, although some have criticized the program for its lengthy documentation and the fact that it requires reliable internet access.
Ukrainians who fled to Mexico to try to enter the U.S. on the southern border were trapped at General Abelard L. Rodriguez International Airport after learning on April 25 that the U.S. no longer accepts Ukrainians that way.
Ukrainians fleeing their homeland on April 2 pass with their belongings to the land port of San Isidro on the US-Mexico border before the US stops accepting migrants in this way
A family of Ukrainians arrived at a shelter in Tijuana on April 21
Ukrainian refugees participating in the program began arriving on Friday, a DHS statement said.
The U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service has received more than 19,000 inquiries from Americans stating they are willing to open their refugee homes as sponsors.
According to the United Nations, about 5.9 million of Ukraine’s 44 million people fled after Vladimir Putin’s invasion, most of them making their way to Eastern European countries such as Poland and Romania.
Ukrainians seeking asylum in the United States remain at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex set up by the local government as a refuge in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 23, just before the United States stopped allowing migrants from Tijuana
Larissa, a Ukrainian asylum seeker in the United States, reads at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex set up by the local government as a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, April 23
Thousands of Ukrainians frantically rushed to the border in Tijuana on the eve of the deadline of April 25, before the official process. That day, the Biden administration reintroduced the 42nd Health Order for Ukrainian refugees, stopping entry into the United States without prior application.
The Biden administration has been trying to repeal Section 42 since May 23, but the move was halted by a federal court amid lawsuits from states saying lifting immigration restrictions during the pandemic era would exacerbate migrant pressure on the southern border.
A record 2.4 million migrants have come into contact with agents on the southern border since President Biden took office in late January 2021. In March, 221,000 migrants were detained, which is almost 20 years.