U.S. Border Officials Detained Over 5,000 Ukrainians in March, New Data Shows

United States Customs and Border Protection officials detained over 5,000 Ukrainians at U.S. land, sea, and air borders in March, according to data released on April 18.

The data showed that 5,071 Ukrainians were detained at U.S. borders last month, including 3,274 along the U.S. southern border.

The new figure is an increase from over 1,100 detained Ukrainians in February.

According to The Washington Post, many of the detained Ukrainians were released into the U.S. through humanitarian parole.

The data marks the first official accounting of Ukrainian refugees at the ports and borders since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to invade Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Last month, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden said that it would accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians seeking refuge from the war.

On April 18, the Biden administration extended protected status for Ukrainians for another 18 months, according to a notice from the Department of Homeland Security.

The Biden administration also has plans to launch a program that would expedite the process for Ukrainians to come to the U.S.

The Ukrainian refugees made up a small share of a larger group of 221,303 detentions on the southwest border in March.

According to the data, detentions increased overall regardless of citizenship.

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