December 3, 2023

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Here comes ‘Uniting for Ukraine,’ but what about uniting for Africa, Haiti or Central America?

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As of April 21, the Biden administration officially launched ‘Uniting for Ukraine,’ a program that will allow pretty much anyone legally here to financially sponsor Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion of their country so that they can come to the U.S. sooner.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and President Biden announced the program late last week which is aimed at fulfilling Biden’s pledge of welcoming up to 100,000 of the 5 million Ukrainians who have fled their homeland as part of the largest refugee crisis since World War II.

“This new humanitarian parole program will complement the existing legal pathways available to Ukrainians, including immigrant visas and refugee processing,” the president said in remarks at the White House. “It will provide an expedient channel for secure, legal migration from Europe to the United States for Ukrainians who have a U.S. sponsor, such as a family or a [non-governmental organization].”

The policy announcement comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they have processed a record 3,274 Ukrainians in March alone, a jump of more than 1,100% from February.

Under the program, U.S. individuals or organizations seeking to sponsor Ukrainians overseas will need to simply file affidavits of financial support and undergo background checks. DHS will then determine whether they qualify to be sponsors. These include not just U.S. citizens but just about anyone living here in some legal capacity. They can be lawful permanent residents, lawful temporary residents, and conditional permanent residents; asylees, refugees, and parolees; TPS holders or beneficiaries of deferred action (including DACA) or Deferred Enforced Departure.

If the sponsorship is approved, the Ukrainians identified by U.S. sponsors will need to undergo security screenings overseas to ensure they will not pose a security or public safety risk to the U.S. They will also be required to be vaccinated against communicable diseases. An administration official said the U.S. expects the “majority” of Ukrainians welcomed by the U.S. to arrive through the new program.


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