As Ukrainian refugees cross the US-Mexico border, immigration advocates question attempt to give them priority

Some members of Congress want to cut red tape for Ukrainians who have families waiting for them in the U.S.

By Jill AmentApril 8, 2022 8:09 am,

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. There’s a push in Congress to suspend the “red tape” in immigrant proceedings to allow Ukrainian refugees to reach their families in the U.S. quickly.

Maria Sacchetti is a reporter for the Washington Post, covering immigrant communities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She told Texas Standard  that the Department of Homeland Security said earlier this week that about 3,000 Ukrainian refugees have crossed the Mexico border into the U.S. Many have been awaiting immigration proceedings in Tijuana, Mexico, which borders San Diego. The Biden administration says it will accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. As more Central Americans are also expected to try and seek asylum in the U.S. when COVID-related Title 42 exclusions expire, immigrant rights activists are raising questions about who gets priority.

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