Russia invades Ukraine, besieged Mariupol

A Ukrainian family waits with their luggage before being allowed to cross the San Ysidro port of entry into the United States to seek asylum March 22 in Tijuana, Mexico. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The United States will host up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russian aggression, a senior administration official said Thursday.

“To meet this commitment, we are considering the full range of legal pathways to the United States,” the official said, which includes the US refugee admissions program, parole, and immigrant and non-immigrant visas. immigrant.

The official said the White House won’t have to ask Congress to expand the current cap on annual refugees — which is currently set at 125,000 for fiscal year 2022 — because it’s more of a “pledge long term” and there will be other ways of entering the United States for many of these Ukrainians.

“We still have significant capacity in the 125,000s, so we don’t currently see the need to go beyond that,” the official said.

The official said the administration is working to expand and develop new programs “with an emphasis on welcoming Ukrainians who have family members in the United States.”

The focus will be on protecting the most vulnerable among refugee populations, including members of the LGBTQI+ community, people with medical needs, journalists and third-country nationals.

“By opening up our country to these people, we will help relieve some of the pressure on European host countries who currently bear so much of the responsibility,” the official added.


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