The Biden administration launched a brand new program that would allow US residents and organizations to financially sponsor Ukrainians displaced by Russia’s invasion to settle in the United States.
The program titled “Uniting for Ukraine” will commence on April 25 and aims to deliver US President Joe Biden’s promise to welcome up to 100,000 of the 5 million Ukrainians who fled their country as part of the world’s largest refugee crisis since World War II.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said, “We are proud to deliver on President Biden’s commitment to welcome 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russian aggression to the United States. The Ukrainian people continue to suffer immense tragedy and loss as a result of Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on their country.”
A senior Homeland Security official revealed that in the last three months, approximately 15,000 illegal Ukrainians had been processed, the majority of them along the Mexican border.
Ukrainians who are chosen to come to the United States under the program will be granted humanitarian parole, which will allow them to skip the visa and refugee processes and enable them to live and work in the United States for a period of two years.
“The U.S. Department of State stands with the people of Ukraine,” said Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, and added that the US “Will help deliver on the President’s commitment to welcome 100,000 Ukrainian citizens and others forced to flee their homes in Ukraine, and our partnership with the Department of Homeland Security will help us fulfill that commitment.”
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