US announces program to help Ukrainians stranded at Mexican border

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion find themselves in Mexico unable to cross the US-Mexico border into the United States. A US policy closed the border to Ukrainian asylum seekers at midnight on Sunday. The next day, a program was launched welcoming Ukrainian refugees but no longer passing through US land ports on the Mexican border. The Biden administration announced “Unite for Ukraine”. Its purpose, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is to streamline the process of receiving fleeing Ukrainians. Homeland Security is ready to receive up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russian aggression. volunteers helping refugees in Mexico told KCRA 3 more than 20,000 refugees gained access to the United States via the informal route through Mexico. However, due to the border closure on Sunday, it is estimated that thousands of Ukrainian refugees are now trapped in Mexico. “They are like shouting, ‘We are Ukrainians, let’s go, let us pass.’ They don’t speak English; they don’t speak spanish. They don’t understand what’s going on,” said Anastasiya Polo, a California volunteer working with Ukrainians in Mexico. Polo said countless people flooded the border on Sunday night hoping to get to the United States. She herself said that she had counted between 400 and 500 refugees passing through a single port. “Believe it or not, it’s a miracle, because at 12 noon the border should close. That’s what the government told us, and they were okay with letting our people go until 7 a.m., but now we’re waiting for updates from the US government on the program. Polo said officials at the border gave instructions to refugees and volunteers for Mexico City. , with the hope and possibility that refugees could board planes to the United States, but his authorization is unclear. Homeland Security will require vaccinations, background checks, sponsorship and more. The U.S. government is working with European partners to ensure Ukrainians can meet Uniting for Ukraine’s vaccination requirements. Homeland Security has advised Ukrainians that if they travel to a U.S. land port of entry without a valid visa or prior authorization to travel to the United States through “Uniting for Ukraine”, they will be denied entry and will be referred to apply through this program. The US government does not advise traveling to Mexico to enter the United States

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion are in Mexico unable to cross the US-Mexico border into the United States.

A US policy closed the border to Ukrainian asylum seekers at midnight on Sunday. The next day, a program was launched welcoming Ukrainian refugees but no longer passing through US land ports on the Mexican border. The Biden administration announced “Unite for Ukraine”. Its aim, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is to streamline the process of receiving Ukrainians on the run.

Homeland Security is ready to accommodate up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russian aggression.

Volunteers helping refugees in Mexico told KCRA 3 that more than 20,000 refugees gained access to the United States via the informal route through Mexico. However, due to the border closure on Sunday, it is estimated that thousands of Ukrainian refugees are now trapped in Mexico.

“They’re like shouting, ‘We are Ukrainians, let’s go, let us pass.’ They don’t speak English; they don’t speak spanish. They don’t understand what’s going on,” said Anastasiya Polo, a California volunteer working with Ukrainians in Mexico.

Polo said countless people flooded the border on Sunday night hoping to get to the United States. She herself said that she had counted between 400 and 500 refugees passing through a single port.

“Believe it or not, it’s a miracle, because at 12 noon the border should close. That’s what the government told us, and they were okay with letting our people go until 7 a.m., but now we’re waiting for updates from the US government on the [Uniting for Ukraine] program.

Polo said border officials had ordered refugees and volunteers to Mexico City, in the hope and possibility that refugees could board planes to the United States, but his clearance is not Claire.

Polo also noted growing concern among refugees about the requirements needed to enter the United States under Biden’s new Uniting for Ukraine policy, which Homeland Security says will require vaccinations, background checks, a sponsorship and more.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Ukrainians seeking refuge are strongly encouraged to seek entry to the United States from Europe, which is described as a safe and efficient way to seek temporary refuge.

The U.S. government is working with European partners to ensure Ukrainians can meet Uniting for Ukraine’s vaccination requirements.

Homeland Security has advised Ukrainians that if they travel to a U.S. land port of entry without a valid visa or prior authorization to travel to the United States through “Uniting for Ukraine”, they will be denied entry and will be invited to apply through this program.

The US government does not advise traveling to Mexico to enter the United States

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