An estimated 1,700 Ukrainians have arrived in Tijuana in recent weeks and are waiting to cross the Mexico border into the United States. Roughly 400 Ukrainians, about 30% of which are women and children, arrived in Tijuana just last weekend, indicating an uptick in migrants coming from Ukraine as the Russian invasion carries on in their homeland.
Enrique Lucero, Tijuana’s migration affairs director, said “they will continue to arrive” and be transferred to a sports center that was converted into a government shelter just north of the city, as well as “improvised camps near the international port of entry, which connects Tijuana and California” reports The Foreign Desk.
On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus released a statement saying the agency is ramping up personnel and resources at the southwest border as the Biden administration lifts a “pandemic-era policy that effectively shut down asylum at the border.”
Just weeks ago, President Joe Biden said the United States would accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians to resettle in the U.S. this year. It is unclear as to whether Ukrainians coming in through the southern border with Mexico will be considered among that number.
On Friday, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said his department has sent 600 law enforcement officers to the border and would add more if needed.
Since removing the pandemic-era policy, Lucero said he was hopeful that the U.S. officials would speed up processing of Ukrainian migrants. “This week is key, but the number of those who need a place to stay will decrease” as U.S. agents increase processing capacity, he said.
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Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
“And those people… make their way up and they end up in the Eagle Pass [Texas], Del Rio area,” he continued. “So if you want to disincentivize them, you remove them from the country, which is why they remain in Mexico policy was so doggone effective at slowing down illegal border crossings.”
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