WASHINGTON (A.P.) – The A.P. is reporting that the White House is considering a bill that will More than 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine into neighboring countries since Russia’s invasion, sparking Europe’s worst mass exodus in decades. This is “the fastest expanding refugee catastrophe in Europe since World War II,” UNHCR chief Kofi Annan tweeted on Sunday. Somewhere in Europe, nearly everyone fleeing war and persecution has found a warm welcome. However, if they cannot return to Ukraine, some may require permanent relocation to the United States.
What has the United States done so far to assist refugees?
Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said the U.S. has already sent $54 million in food and other aid to Ukraine and has promised to send more. In light of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, this help is essential. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the Russian invasion, and food supplies are running low.
On Thursday, the administration of Vice President Joe Biden said that Ukrainians currently in the United States would be granted temporary protected status. Congress and campaigners applauded the news, but its impact would be limited. The Department of Homeland Security believes that roughly 75,000 persons are eligible for the program, and it is only valid for 18 months unless the Department of Justice extends it. As a result, those who benefit from the program are left in an immigration limbo since they can’t always convert their status into permanent residency or U.S. citizenship.
Are there plans to resettle Ukrainian refugees in the United States?
Could be. According to White House spokesperson Jen Psaki, the United States would welcome Ukrainian refugees. At least for the foreseeable future, most refugees appear to prefer staying in Europe. They can go to work and then come home if it is practicable at some time.
As previously said, the administration intends to welcome as many as 125,000 refugees in the upcoming fiscal year of 2022. Under Donald Trump’s administration, the yearly salary ceiling was slashed from 35,000 to 15,000, a new low. This year’s objective for refugees was established at 10,000, but the Biden administration has the flexibility to accept more Ukrainians if necessary. U.S. and European governments will work together to see if those who have left Europe require permanent resettlement in the U.S. or abroad, the White House has stated.
It does not include the 76,000 Afghans who arrived in the United States after the United States ended its combat mission in Afghanistan earlier this year.
U.S. policymakers may aid Ukrainians right now by expediting the immigration process for several thousand people from religious minority groups who have relatives currently in the country and have sought entry under the Lautenberg program.
Can the United States’ refugee system handle an influx of new arrivals?
Refugee resettlement specialists say it’s possible, but it won’t be simple.
Attempts to curtail the refugee resettlement process under the Trump administration have resulted in the closure of facilities and the layoff of staff members. To aid thousands of Afghan refugees, they’ve been working for months, and a complicated situation has been made more difficult by high housing expenses and an outbreak of the coronavirus.
Mark Hetfield, president, and CEO of HIAS, one of the nation’s nine resettlement agencies, thinks that the United States can take more migrants despite the problems.
Hetfield remarked, “There’s so much desire in assisting these folks that the resources and the volunteers would be there. There’s a lot of pressure since we’re already strained to the limit. We would, however, find a way to make it work.