Refugees are faced with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and Russia. The pandemic is just another problem they have to overcome.
Escapees from Ukraine try to desperately cross between Tijuana and San Diego this week. A woman and her three children tried to enter the US, but they were turned away at the border because of pandemic restrictions.
Luckily, US immigration authorities caved and allowed the family to enter the country and seek refuge.
Immigrants face harsh restrictions under the Trump administration. The recent increase in immigration has pointed out the harshness of policies imposed on individuals entering America.
“The fact that we’re using COVID as an excuse to keep put asylum seekers at this moment in time, it’s just becoming more and more absurd and untenable for the administration,” remarked an attorney at the Center for Gender & Refugees Studies, Blaine Bookey, who is representing the Ukrainian family.
The Biden administration has been turning away migrant travelers at the southern border for over a year now, even as Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocates continue to criticize Trump’s widely hated Title 42 policy.
Outcries have further piled up this week as Ukrainians escaping the Russian attack on their nation started to come to the US-Mexico border. In addition, several court rulings on Title 42 put more load on the Biden administration to decide its future.
“This is not who we are as a country,” said Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, during a call with reporters on Thursday. “Continuing this Trump era policy has defied common sense and common decency. Now’s the time to stop the madness.”
When Title 42 was first implemented, immigration authorities turned away all asylum seekers under the new Title 42 policy without allowing them to request protection or other legal avenues for refuge in America.
After the takeover, the Biden administration’s policy of excluding migrant children without parents or company from the US has led many families to ask for refuge in America.
The Biden administration negotiated with immigrant advocates about terminating Title 42 for a while. But as the amount of migrant trepidation at the border surged to its highest level last year, they set aside the idea.
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