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Thousands of Ukrainians waiting in Tijuana to cross into U.S.

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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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  1. Robin

    April 6, 2022 at 10:01 am

    The women and children coming from Ukraine are indeed asylum seekers as their country is being ravaged by Russian soldiers. I would much rather welcome them into the U.S. instead of the men coming over with criminal records than span from drug and human trafficking to sex offenders!

  2. Wyatt Wall

    April 7, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    How does a common American fight this peacefully??

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Overdose death in IN apartment building leads officers to 13 migrants, mostly children, in basement squalor

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13 illegal aliens — most of them children — were reportedly living in an apartment building basement in Indiana, only found because of an overdose death. Officers of the Hammond Police Department were called to investigate the death of a resident in the multi-unit building. But during the investigation, officers discovered a large number of migrants were illegally living in the building’s basement, WGN-TV reported.

When officers arrived, they found 13 illegals from Venezuela — including nine children ranging in age from two months to 14 years, and two women and two men — living in the basement space.

Neighbors told the media that they had no idea that so many people were living illegally in the building as they never saw any of them outside the home.

Further investigation revealed that a local member of the clergy had arranged the illegal living quarters for the migrants. The clergy member was not identified publicly and he has not been charged with anything at present.

“The City of Hammond is not open to this type of illegal criminal activity and [they have] placed people in significant harm, including children,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. who insisted he would hold the clergy member accountable.

It has not yet been reported what the migrants will do, where they will go, and if the city will be on the hook to care for them.

Breitbart News reports that Hammond, Indiana, is just one of many cities in which large numbers of illegals have been found crammed into small spaces in squalid living conditions.

In March, New York City building inspectors discovered an illegal flop house for migrants in which some 70 of them were living in the cramped basement of a Queens furniture store. Through an investigation it was found that the building’s owner, a man named Ebou Sarr, himself an immigrant, was charging the illegals $300 a month to live there.

 

 

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