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Numbers of Ukrainians Arriving in the U.S. Have Skyrocketed

Over 71,000 Ukrainians have made their way into the United States since March. In March, President Joe Biden’s administration promised that the U.S. would welcoming up to 100,000 Ukrainians due to Ukraine’s ongoing war with Russia. While many of the Ukrainians that have arrived in this country have complied with the immigration policies and Biden’s administration, a large portion of the refugees entered on visas they had previously held or by crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Many refugees did not arrive in the United States through the Uniting for Ukraine program that the administration established, in which Americans are able to sponsor Ukrainians. The tragic Russian-Ukrainian conflict is so detrimental that many Ukrainians had to flee without being sponsored, so they arrived at this country without proper admission to escape the dangers of the war.

The border has been shut down because countless Ukrainians were subjected to Title 42, the Covid-related public health order that prohibits immigrants from entering if they pose a health risk. Still, Ukrainians are entering the United States every single day. More than 15,000 Ukrainians entered the country after their sponsorship approvals online, and more than 23,000 have been expected to enter as they have been approved.