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We Should Welcome and Invite More Ukrainians to the USA

President Biden announced the US would invite 100,000 Ukrainians to the US. Is that the best we can do?
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White House Fact Sheet, with annotations in red by Mish

White House Fact Sheet, with annotations in red by Mish

White House Fact Sheet    

Please consider the White House Fact Sheet on Humanitarian, Development, and Democracy Assistance to Ukraine and the Surrounding Region

We remain committed to ensuring those affected by President Putin’s war of aggression, especially vulnerable populations such as women, children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons, and persons with disabilities, are able to access food, clean water, shelter, and medical care.

Today, the United States is announcing that we are prepared to provide more than $1 billion in new funding towards humanitarian assistance for those affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine and its severe impacts around the world, including a marked rise in food insecurity, over the coming months. 

While we expect many Ukrainians will choose to remain in Europe close to family and their homes in Ukraine, today, the United States is announcing plans to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression through the full range of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

The constant Woke emphasis aside, the invite to Ukrainians in general, regardless of race, sex, etc., is a welcome step.  

Invite People to the US

Wall Street Journal writer James Freeman has the right idea in People We Should Invite to America.

Two weeks after President Andrzej Duda of Poland explained in detail to Ms. Harris how the flood of refugees is overwhelming his country, the United States is still only willing to accept a tiny fraction of those fleeing the war zone. 

A senior administration official said Thursday more details would come, but officials are looking at a range of legal pathways... The official said the administration is “working in particular to expand and develop new programs with a focus on welcoming Ukrainians who have family members in the United States.” The official added that the U.S. is “committed to protecting the most vulnerable among the refugee populations that have already fled,” such as gay and transgender individuals, those with medical needs, and dissidents.

Witness the modern left, only willing to accept a single percentage point of the population uprooted by war—a number amounting to even less than 1% of the unfilled jobs in the United States—yet eager to apply a sexuality test to people fleeing combat.

Fleeing War in Ukraine, They’re Met With Employers Offering Paychecks

The New York Times notes Fleeing War in Ukraine, They’re Met With Employers Offering Paychecks

Ukraine is recognized for its skilled work force, with 70 percent of workers holding secondary or higher education degrees. The country boasts the largest tech engineering force in central and Eastern Europe, drawing Microsoft, Cisco, Google and other multinational companies to outsource work there.

I will work at anything,” said Nastya Filipas, 25, who escaped to Romania last week with her 15-year-old sister, Viktoryia, as Russia’s assault came closer to her hometown, Odessa.

In Germany, where over 300,000 jobs are unfilled, a group of entrepreneurs created JobAidUkraine to help refugees find work as they arrived by rail, bus and air.

In Portugal, the government is providing courses in Portuguese as part of the broader European Union effort to fast-track integration. Portuguese companies have already registered 20,000 job offers for Ukrainians in information technology, transport and hospitality.

In the Czech Republic, which has nearly 364,000 job vacancies, the arrival of 270,000 Ukrainian refugees has been greeted by companies that have high demand for temporary or seasonal work.

What's Biden's Plan?

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OK, the US will take a meager 100,000 while Poland is overflowing with a million, but what's the plan? 

The CATO institution regrettably explains Biden Has No Actual Plan to Admit 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees

President Biden announced yesterday that his administration “is announcing plans” to “welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression.” He doesn’t explain who the “others” are, but 100,000 would amount to less than 3 percent of the Ukrainian refugees outside of Ukraine and 1 percent of Ukraine’s displaced population including those inside Ukraine. It is welcome that the administration is finally showing interest in helping Ukrainians reach the United States, but this large‐​scale plan simply will not happen.

The reasons for skepticism are plentiful. Biden did not immediately raise the refugee target to 125,000 as he promised during and after his campaign. When he finally did raise the cap to 62,500, he failed to actually increase admissions at all and resettled in 2021 the fewest refugees ever. Then, when he did raise the cap to 125,000 for FY 2022, he admitted just 8,000 through half the fiscal year. Separate from the formal refugee program, he promised to evacuate Afghan allies using “humanitarian parole,” but as soon as the initial evacuation ended, he abandoned nearly all of them.

There is every reason to believe that this latest target is just another in a list of immigration goals that Biden will fail to achieve.

The administration cannot even process its normal flow of immigrant visa applicants. USCIS processed just 1,000 of 40,000 Afghan humanitarian parole applicants in 7 months, and it denied more than 80 percent of them on spurious grounds.

There is actually a way for the United States to admit Ukrainians by automating travel authorization by using the Visa Waiver Program screening system known as ESTA, and then granting humanitarian parole at ports of entry. Several House members of Congress led by Rep. Jason Crow (D‑CO) included this idea in a letter to the administration this week. But so far the administration has said that it opposes any “major” evacuation effort, which makes the idea of admitting 100,000 refugees seem even less likely.

Welcome Step?

I stated at the top of this post that president Biden made a welcome step in the right direction. After reading CATO, I take it back. 

There was no step by Biden, just another empty promise. And that promise appears mainly purposed to meet the demands of the radical Left's politically-correct agenda, not to welcome Ukrainians. 

This post originated at MishTalk.Com.

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