Senator Ed Markey calls on the United States to lift the cap on Ukrainian refugees


“‘Give me your weary, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ has always guided how we treat all those fleeing war and persecution,” Markey said.

US Senator Ed Markey speaks to the media during a press conference at the JFK Federal Building in March.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., urges U.S. to accept more refugees fleeing Ukraine as it battles ongoing Russian invasion, saying there should be no cap on the number of people coming in the wake of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

“‘Give me your weary, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’ has always guided how we treat all those fleeing war and persecution,” Markey said, quoting Emma’s famous poem Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty.

Although the United States has already pledged to welcome thousands of people fleeing the conflict, Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said, “We need to go further and raise the ceiling on refugees even more. He also said the refugees should stay in the country as long as they want.

“I think that’s just part of who we are as Massachusetts and the United States of America,” he said Saturday morning at a press conference at the JFK Federal Building in Boston. .

Earlier this week, he and other members of a congressional delegation visited Poland and Belgium, where they met with American diplomats and soldiers, as well as leaders of the European Union and the NATO to discuss possible responses to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Other participants in the journey included the senses. Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., Cory Booker, DN.J. and Representative Mondaire Jones, DN.Y. They were the last group of lawmakers to visit Europe since the war began in February.

Since then, at least 15,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the United States, mostly via Mexico. It’s unclear how many will ultimately come to Massachusetts. But Governor Charlie Baker said the Commonwealth would welcome them. Local organizations are gearing up to help families resettle.

Poland’s geographical proximity to Ukraine made it a key part of the international response to the war, which lasted 50 days. A number of non-profit groups have helped feed and house Ukrainian refugees.

President Joe Biden, on a trip to Poland last month, pledged to take in 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. Biden also said, in a speech in Warsaw, that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot stay in power,” a statement the White House later countered.

Markey said the United States and its allies should continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary until a negotiated end to the war, but avoid direct conflict with Russia.

“We need to make sure that the help is there for Ukrainians to fight for, and simultaneously that the help is there for the refugees leaving Ukraine,” Markey said.

“We cannot afford a war in Europe to end in Putin’s victory because ultimately there are other border countries that could be next,” he added.

Calling for more help for refugees, Markey said he visited the Jewish Community Center in Krakow during his trip to Poland, where Ukrainian refugees receive support and resources. There he said he met Holocaust survivor Zofia Radzikowska, a child when she and her mother were rescued by Poles during World War II.

When he asked Radzikowska how she could build a life in Krakow, so close to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp and some of the perpetrators of violence against her community, he said she told him she had witnessed the worst and the best in humans.

Despite numerous acts of support for Ukrainians, Americans’ desire to deepen the country’s involvement in the conflict has waned somewhat, according to a recent survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

According to the poll, 32% of Americans think the United States should play a major role in the conflict, up from 40% in March. On the other hand, the same poll showed that 54% of Americans think Biden was not tough enough in his response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.


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